An extensive mountain range comprising a high, barren, east-west running ridge. All slopes are extensively forested below 2,000 m with Pinus and Quercus. Large areas have been clear-felled and reforestedthese are intensively managed and bisected by numerous tracks. Grazing pasture is found at higher altitudes; a holiday village is located around hot springs on the northern slopes.
This is an important site for breeding raptors.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
A 1996 survey indicated that larger numbers of Aegypius monachus bred within the site before large-scale clear-felling and reforestation pro-grammes were implemented. Forestry activities should take account of the distribution of breeding raptors (leaving an unmanaged buffer zone around each breeding valley), and old pine trees should not be felled.