A hilly coastal region dominated at higher altitudes by conifer forest. At lower altitudes there is a mosaic of maquis, small wetlands and olive-groves.
This is an important area for breeding and passage raptors and resident forest species.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Logging of the Pinus nigra forest is a major threat, particularly to large raptors. Other threats include tourism developments along the coast, spreading urbanization, and hunting. A management plan has existed since 1996. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International None8,500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dragounteli N. Marmara/Sithonias Sikeas-Sartis, 8,500 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ktima Karra/N. Marmara, 1,700 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Itamos. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 09/05/2021.