Acheloos valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A mountainous area with scrub and deciduous forests and conifer forest at higher altitudes. A gorge with steep cliffs runs through the centre of the site. Human activities include livestock-farming, hunting, and forestry.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for species characteristic of forest, scrub and open montane habitats.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
A dense road network causes problems of soil erosion and also provides access to the forest for loggers and illegal hunters. Afforestation with Pinus species is a potential threat to the deciduous forest. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial2,275 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mesountas, 2,275 ha). 9,082 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Koilada Acheloou, 9,082 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Acheloos valley. Downloaded from on 03/12/2020.