Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR135 Mount Lepetimnos, Lesvos
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Criteria: A1, B1ii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Coordinates: 39o 22' N 26o 12' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-968 m
Area: 9000 ha

Site Description
A mountain in the north of Lesvos. The vegetation is a mix of dense maquis, oak Quercus woodland, phrygana and olive-groves.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (30%, Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs; Rock stacks and islets), Shrubland (45%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (5%, Shingle or stony beaches)

Land use: agriculture (40%), tourism/recreation (15%), urban/industrial/transport (10%)

Protection status
National None International None
190 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) NISIDES LESVOU (SYMPLEGMA TOMARONISION, KIDONAS, AGIOS GEORGIOS, GLARONISI, KLP)(GR4110009).

The site is of importance for breeding and passage raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (non-breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Dendrocopos medius Middle Spotted Woodpecker resident 1996 Common good C6
Puffinus yelkouan Yelkouan Shearwater resident 1996 - 200 good B1ii, C2
Lanius nubicus Masked Shrike breeding 1996 Uncommon good B2
Sylvia rueppelli Rueppell's Warbler breeding 1996 Frequent good B3
Emberiza cineracea Cinereous Bunting breeding 1996 10 20 good A1, B2, C1, C2, C6

Conservation issues
Threats include a developing road network, tourism development and illegal housing development.

Threats: construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (unknown), groundwater abstraction (unknown), industrialization/urbanization (medium), recreation/tourism (medium), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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