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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 23o 4.00' East  41o 20.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 34,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 2,031m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A remote mountain range characterized by bare summits, wooded slopes, gorges and scree slopes.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding and passage raptors and alpine and forest species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding), Aquila clanga (wintering), Aquila heliaca (wintering), Falco naumanni (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1996  4-8 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
LIMNI KERKINI - KROUSIA - KORYFES OROUS BELES, ANGISTRO - CHAROPO - GR1260001 Habitats Directive 78,304 protected area overlaps with site 32,078  
OROS BELES - GR1260010 Birds Directive 25,311 protected area contained by site 25,311  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  90%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 85%
military 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Beles (Kerkini). Downloaded from on 27/02/2015

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