Lefka Ori mountains, Crete

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: B2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 54,000 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (baseline)
A rugged mountainous area of Crete. The northern area of the site is dominated by maquis, the south by conifer forests. The main human activities are hunting, livestock-farming and tourism.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding and passage raptors, and for species characteristic of scrub and montane habitats.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lefka Ori mountains, Crete. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.