A remote mountain range crossed by the Rivers Aoos and Voidomatis. The site is dominated by broadleaved, conifer and mixed forests and extensive subalpine grasslands at higher altitudes. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, hunting and recreation.
This is an important site for breeding raptors, alpine and forest species. Breeding birds include four of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane biome.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from plans for large-scale tourism development, existing water management schemes and hunting. A number of conservation and development studies have been conducted. A management plan exists. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International Partial12,600 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Vikos-Aoos, 12,600 ha). 2,080 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Padon, 2,080 ha). 1,017 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kedras-Papigou, 1,017 ha). 3,900 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Parletzi-Avalos/Vrisochoriou-Hliochoriou, 3,900 ha). 3,600 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Charadras Aoou/Konitsas-Eleftherou-Papigou, 3,600 ha). 12,793 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ethnikos Drymos Vikou-Aoou, 12,793 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tymfi (Gkamila) and Smolikas mountains. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 23/02/2020.