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Location Greece, East Macedonia and Thrace
Central coordinates 25o 45.00' East  41o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 77,000 ha
Altitude 50 - 745m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The site encompasses hills to the south-east of Mount Rodopi and the catchment of the Filiouri river. Vegetation cover is predominantly scrub with some grazed oak Quercus forest. Land-use is traditional and non-intensive.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1995  2-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus non-breeding  1996  frequent [units unknown]  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1995  10 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1995  2-4 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1995  5 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Endangered 
Tawny Owl Strix aluco resident  1992  frequent [units unknown]  B3  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius resident  1995  common [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus resident  1995  common [units unknown]  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1995  common [units unknown]  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli breeding  1995  common [units unknown]  B3  Least Concern 
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis breeding  1993  uncommon [units unknown]  B2  Least Concern 
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata breeding  1990  rare [units unknown]  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1995  common [units unknown]  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
KOILADA FILIOURI - GR1130011 Birds Directive 37,566 protected area contained by site 37,566  
OREINOS EVROS - KOILADA DEREIOU - GR1110010 Birds Directive 48,907 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Petkodasas Nimfeas Game Refuge 400 protected area overlaps with site 0  
POTAMOS FILIOURIS - GR1130006 Habitats Directive 2,058 protected area overlaps with site 302  
TREIS VRYSES - GR1110003 Habitats Directive 9,913 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  65%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pefkodasas Nimfeas, 400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Filiouri river valley and east Rodopi mountains. Downloaded from on 20/04/2014

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