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Location Greece, East Macedonia and Thrace
Central coordinates 24o 32.00' East  41o 27.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 150,000 ha
Altitude 500 - 2,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description An extensive area of forest between the River Nestos and the border with Bulgaria. The site includes the primary Fagus and Pinus forest of Paranestion. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius resident  1989  frequent [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1989  common [units unknown]  B2  Not Recognised 
Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli breeding  1992  frequent [units unknown]  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aetorahis/Paranestiou Game Refuge 3,900 protected area overlaps with site 3,900  
Central Rodopi virgin forest Biogenetic Reserves 550 protected area contained by site 550  
D. Symplegma Kentaurou-Pahnis/Mykis, Ehinou, Kotil Game Refuge 4,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Dasiko Symplegma Kariofytou Game Refuge 2,200 protected area overlaps with site 2,200  
DASOS FRAKTOU - GR1140001 Habitats Directive 1,090 protected area contained by site 1,090  
Geraka - Oraiou/Stavroupolis Game Refuge 3,270 protected area overlaps with site 0  
OROS CHAINTOU - KOULA KAI GYRO KORYFES - GR1120003 Habitats Directive 3,492 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
PARTHENO DASOS KENTRIKIS RODOPIS - GR1140007 Birds Directive 0 protected area overlaps with site 570  
Parthenou Dasous Paranesti--Sellis Game Refuge 5,312 protected area contained by site 5,312  
PERIOCHI ELATIA, PYRAMIS KOUTRA - GR1140003 Habitats Directive 7,447 protected area contained by site 7,447  
RODOPI (SIMYDA) - GR1140002 Habitats Directive 6,715 protected area contained by site 6,715  
Tsanaktere/Kariofytou Game Refuge 903 protected area overlaps with site 903  
Virgin Forest of Central Rodopi Natural Monument 550 protected area overlaps with site 550  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry 90%
water management -

Protection status National Partial International Low3,900 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Aetorahis/Paranestiou, 3,900 ha). 2,200 ha of IBA covered by Dasiko Symplegma Kariofytou, 2,200 ha). 903 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Tsanaktere/Kariofytou, 903 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (D. Symplegma Kentaurou-Pahnis/Mykis, Ehinou, Kotil, 4,000 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge, Geraka-Oraiou/Stavroupolis, 3,270 ha). 5,312 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Parthenou Dasous, Paranesti-Sellis, 5,312 ha). 550 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Virgin Forest of Central Rodopi, 550 ha). 550 ha of IBA covered by Biogenetic Reserve (Council of Europe) (Partheno Dasos Kentrikis Rodopis, 550 ha). 569 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Partheno Dasos Kentrikis Rodopis, 569 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Rodopi mountains and Nestos valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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