Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR036 Mount Itamos
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Criteria: B2, C6
Coordinates: 40o 8' N 23o 50' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-823 m
Area: 27000 ha

Site Description
A hilly coastal region dominated at higher altitudes by conifer forest. At lower altitudes there is a mosaic of maquis, small wetlands and olive-groves.

Habitats: Forest (70%, Native coniferous woodland), Sea/marine area (5%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Shrubland (12%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (30%), forestry (70%), tourism/recreation (10%)

Protection status
National Partial International None
8,500ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dragounteli N. Marmara/Sithonias Sikeas- Sartis, 8,500ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ktima Karra/N. Marmara, 1,700ha).

This is an important area for breeding and passage raptors and resident forest species.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco biarmicus Lanner Falcon resident 1996 Rare unknown B2, C6

Conservation issues
Logging of the Pinus nigra forest is a major threat, particularly to large raptors. Other threats include tourism developments along the coast, spreading urbanization, and hunting. A management plan has existed since 1996. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (low), filling-in of wetlands (medium), industrialization/urbanization (medium), recreation/tourism (medium), selective logging/cutting (high), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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