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Location Greece, Western Greece
Central coordinates 21o 19.00' East  39o 7.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 43,500 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,852m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A long ridge west of the River Acheloos. The site is dominated by maquis, oak Quercus woodland, and at higher altitudes fir Abies forests. Human activities include stock-raising and arable agriculture.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species typical of Mediterranean woodland and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (4-8 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1996  6-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1996  common  C6  Least Concern 
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator breeding  1996  abundant  B2  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1996  abundant  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kanala Valtou Game Refuge 3,600 protected area overlaps with site 3,600  
KOILADA ACHELOOU - GR2110005 Birds Directive 0 protected area overlaps with site 162  
Mesonyhi - Fountes/Klidi - Skoulikaria Game Refuge 1,560 protected area overlaps with site 1,560  
ORI VALTOU - GR2310012 Birds Directive 0 protected area overlaps with site 9,396  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  50%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  40%
Wetlands (inland)   5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  8%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
not utilised 30%

Protection status National Partial International None3,600 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kanala Valtou, 3,600 ha). 1,560 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mesonyhi-Fountes/Klidi-Skoulikaria, 1,560 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Valtou mountains. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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