Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR033 Mount Cholomontas
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Criteria: C7
Coordinates: 40o 23' N 23o 30' E (Map)
Altitude: 50-1000 m
Area: 27500 ha

Site Description
A mountainous area covered by Fagus , Quercus , and Castanea forest and Pinus plantations. Evergreen broadleaved forests also occur. Human activities include agriculture, forestry, and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (15%, Arable land; Forestry plantations), Forest (70%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland), Shrubland (15%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (20%), forestry (20%), hunting (7%), nature conservation and research (50%)

Protection status
National Partial International Partial
2,100 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pr. Ilius/Poligirou, 2,100 ha). 1,650 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Cholomonta-Arneas, 1,650 ha). 1,446 ha of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Pravitas, 1,446 ha).
21248 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) TAXIARCHIS - POLYGYROS(GR1270012).

This is an important site for breeding forest species.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria

Conservation issues
Replacement of native forest with plantations is the most serious threat to the site. Part of the area is owned by and used for ecological research by the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: afforestation (high), firewood collection (low), selective logging/cutting (low)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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