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Location Greece, Sterea Ellada
Central coordinates 24o 40.00' East  38o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 5,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 792m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A rugged mountain chain which forms high cliffs along the south-east coast of Skyros. The dominant vegetation is phrygana with small patches of grassland and Quercus and Acer woodland.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for seabirds, raptors and species associated with scrub.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae breeding  1996  60 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea breeding  1994  present  A1, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia breeding  1996  common  B3, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed low

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  70%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%
not utilised 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mount Kohilas, Skyros island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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