Mount Taygetos

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
A mountainous area with Pinus and Abies forests, treeline ecotone habitat and maquis.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding raptors and species associated with open montane habitats. Breeding birds include seven of the 21 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Mediterranean biome.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The major threats are from forest fires and the subsequent erosion and overgrazing. Expansion of the road network and quarrying are additional threats. The introduction of Alectoris chukar is a potential threat to the Alectoris graeca population. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National Low International None1,000 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Doubitsa-Kentreas-Vribitsa/Exochoriou, 1,000 ha). 1,300 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Lada/Karveliou, 1,300 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Taygetos. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.