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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.

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 Dendrocopos medius resident  1996  common [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator breeding  1996  abundant [units unknown]  B2  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1996  abundant [units unknown]  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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Valtou mountains. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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