Barbas and Klokos mountains and Selinountas gorge

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A mountainous area including the gorge of the Selinous river. The lower slopes are covered with Pinus forests and maquis. At high altitudes Abies forest and subalpine grasslands dominate. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, and hunting.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (5 breeding pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats include road construction, illegal logging, pollution of the river (`Other' threats), and illegal hunting. A LIFE-funded project is producing a management plan. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National None International High10,762 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Zoumpata-Agios Charalampos-Marmpas-Klokos, 10,762 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barbas and Klokos mountains and Selinountas gorge. Downloaded from on 20/08/2022.