Mount Beles (Kerkini)

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A remote mountain range characterized by bare summits, wooded slopes, gorges and scree slopes.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding and passage raptors and alpine and forest species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding), Aquila clanga (wintering), Aquila heliaca (wintering), Falco naumanni (passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are the replacement of native forest with Pinus plantations and illegal hunting. The area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Beles (Kerkini). Downloaded from on 25/06/2022.