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).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from road construction, deforestation and intensified forest management. Part of area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pefkodasas Nimfeas, 400 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Filiouri valley and eastern Rodopi mountains. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 03/08/2021.