Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR172 Saria island and northern Karpathos
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 35o 42' N 27o 13' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-712 m
Area: 8791 ha

Site Description
Rocky islands characterized by steep cliffs and scree with phrygana as the dominant vegetation. The main human activities are livestock-farming and hunting.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (8%, Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Forest (5%, Native coniferous woodland), Shrubland (78%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub)

Land use: agriculture (85%), fisheries/aquaculture (5%), not utilised (10%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
1,750ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Vananta- Vrochounta- Stioiendash Avlona- Tristomo/Olympou, 1,750ha).8791 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) KOS: LIMNI PSALIDI - ALYKI(GR4210027).

This is an important location for species associated with Mediterranean scrub and for breeding seabirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (breeding).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Hieraaetus fasciatus Bonelli's Eagle resident 1995 2 3 unknown B2, C6
Monticola solitarius Blue Rock-thrush resident 1995 Common unknown B2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from illegal hunting and fires. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: abandonment/reduction of land management (unknown), burning of vegetation (medium), consequences of animal/plant introductions (medium), forest grazing (unknown), recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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