GR179
Lefka Ori mountains, Crete


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Chukar Alectoris chukar LC resident 1996 abundant B2
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus NT resident 1996 2 breeding pairs B2
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC resident 1996 4 breeding pairs B2, C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1996 frequent C6
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax LC resident 1996 common B2, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Thalassia periochi Dytikis kai notiodytikis Kritis Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 163,686 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Stylou - Katochoriou Game Refuge 1,050 unknown 0
Samaria Biogenetic Reserves 4,850 protected area contained by site 4,850
Samaria Ethnikos Drymos (pirinas) 4,752 protected area contained by site 4,850
Prostateftiko dasos oreinou ogkou Lefkon Oreon nomou Chanion Prostatevomeno dasos 38,835 protected area contained by site 0
Ormos Sougias - Vardia - Farangi Lissou Mechri Anydrous Kai Paraktia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,060 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lefka Ori Kai Paraktia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 55,847 protected area overlaps with site 53,364
Lefka Ori Anatolikou Selinou kai Sfakion Katafygio Agrias Zois 7,585 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gorge of Samaria National Park UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 4,850 protected area contained by site 4,840
Fre - Tzitzifes - Nipos Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,193 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Ethnikos Drymos Samarias - Farangi Trypitis - Psilafi - Koustogerako Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 13,974 protected area contained by site 13,980

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lefka Ori mountains, Crete. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/01/2022.