A mountainous area with scrub and deciduous forests and conifer forest at higher altitudes. A gorge with steep cliffs runs through the centre of the site. Human activities include livestock-farming, hunting, and forestry.
This is an important site for species characteristic of forest, scrub and open montane habitats.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
A dense road network causes problems of soil erosion and also provides access to the forest for loggers and illegal hunters. Afforestation with Pinus species is a potential threat to the deciduous forest. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International Partial2,275 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mesountas, 2,275 ha). 9,082 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Koilada Acheloou, 9,082 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Acheloos valley. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 29/09/2021.