A forest complex at the south-eastern end of the Rodopi mountain. It is characterized by low hills covered with Quercus, Caprinus, Fraxinus and Acer woodland and scrub. Fagus forest dominates the northern area; Pinus forest and plantations occur in the south. Small wetlands are also found in the area.
This is an important site for breeding and wintering raptors and other resident species associated with forest. Breeding birds include eight of the 21 species that are restricted in Europe to the Mediterranean biome (when breeding). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (breeding), Falco naumanni.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from afforestation with plantations, forest grazing and increasingly intensive forest management. The site is a candidate SAC.
National Low International None534 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Drimou/Nipsas, 534 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pylaia/Kavisou-Ferron, 650 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South forest complex of Evros prefecture. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 08/03/2021.