Valtou mountains

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A long ridge west of the River Acheloos. The site is dominated by maquis, oak Quercus woodland, and at higher altitudes fir Abies forests. Human activities include stock-raising and arable agriculture.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for species typical of Mediterranean woodland and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (4-8 breeding pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is threatened by agricultural intensification, grazing preventing forest regeneration and a planned construction of a new dam on the River Acheloos.

Protected areas
National Partial International None3,600 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kanala Valtou, 3,600 ha). 1,560 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mesonyhi-Fountes/Klidi-Skoulikaria, 1,560 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Valtou mountains. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.