Thessaly plain

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
The largest plain in Greece. The site is predominantly arable land and villages. Hills covered with phrygana are included.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for species found in arable land and holds the largest number of breeding Falco naumanni in Greece.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is from agricultural intensification. The demolition of old buildings is a particular threat to Falco naumanni (`Other' threats, above).

Protected areas
National Low International None2,300 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mavrovouni/Agnanteris, 2,300 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Thessaly plain. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.