A rugged mountain with an extensive alpine zone, limited Abies woodland, and extensive grasslands. The main human activity is livestock-farming.
An important site for resident raptors, forest and alpine grassland.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are illegal hunting and the use of poison baits. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International None1,653 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Makria Rachi, Dryodasos Pentagion/Kokkinou, 1,653 ha). Part of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Orini Parnassidus, 24,0341 ha). Part of IBA covered by Controlled Hunting Area (Makrin Rachi, Dryodaxsos Pentagion, 1,767 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Vardousia. Downloaded from
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