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Location Greece, North Aegean
Central coordinates 26o 20.00' East  39o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B3, C2, C6
Area 15,000 ha
Altitude 50 - 968m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description The top of the mountain is unvegetated. Below this is a band of mixed Pinus and Castanea woodland, with olive-groves in the lowland area. Human activities include livestock-farming, forestry and quarrying.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1996  frequent  C6  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1996  common  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1996  common  A3  Least Concern 
Krueper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi resident  1996  30-50 breeding pairs  good  A3, B3, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1996  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1996  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala breeding  1996  frequent  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Koutra--Chorafi Agrias--Chorafelia/ Agiasou Lesv Game Refuge 700 protected area overlaps with site 0  
LESVOS: KOLPOS GERAS, ELOS NTIPI KAI OROS OLYMPOS - GR4110005 Habitats Directive 11,200 protected area overlaps with site 1,562  
LESVOS: KOLPOS KALLONIS KAI CHERSAIA PARAKTIA ZONI - GR4110004 Habitats Directive 18,311 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LESVOS: PARAKTIOI YGROTOPOI KOLPOU KALLONIS - GR4110007 Birds Directive 3,513 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
OROS OLYMPOS LESVOU - GR4110011 Birds Directive 14,788 protected area overlaps with site 13,968  
Plati/Asomaton--Sikounta--Mychou Game Refuge 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  80%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 10%
tourism/recreation 5%
not utilised 35%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Koutra-Chorafi Agrias-Chorafelia/Agiasou Lesv, 700 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Plati/Asomaton-Sikounta-Mychou).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Olympos, Lesvos. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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