The site encompasses hills to the south-east of Mount Rodopi and the catchment of the Filiouri river. Vegetation cover is predominantly scrub with some grazed oak Quercus forest. Land-use is traditional and non-intensive.
This is an important site for breeding and passage raptors and species associated with forest and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (breeding), Falco naumanni (passage).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Filiouri river valley and east Rodopi mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/08/2019.