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Location Greece, Thessalia
Central coordinates 22o 25.00' East  39o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 180,000 ha
Altitude 70 - 729m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The largest plain in Greece. The site is predominantly arable land and villages. Hills covered with phrygana are included.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species found in arable land and holds the largest number of breeding Falco naumanni in Greece.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1996  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1995  2,342 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes breeding  1996  frequent  B2  Least Concern 
Common Barn-owl Tyto alba resident  1996  frequent  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1996  frequent  B2  Least Concern 
Little Owl Athene noctua resident  1996  common  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  1996  frequent  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula resident  1996  abundant  B3  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1996  abundant  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Crested Lark Galerida cristata resident  1996  abundant  B2  Least Concern 
Hippolais pallida breeding  1996  abundant  B2  Not Recognised 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala breeding  1996  abundant  B2  Least Concern 
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra breeding  1996  abundant  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mavrovouni/Agnanteris Game Refuge 2,300 protected area contained by site 2,300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 95%

Protection status National Low International None2,300 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mavrovouni/Agnanteris, 2,300 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Thessaly plain. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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