Mount Olympos and pine forest of central Lesvos

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A3, B3, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 15,000 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (baseline)
The top of the mountain is unvegetated. Below this is a band of mixed Pinus and Castanea woodland, with olive-groves in the lowland area. Human activities include livestock-farming, forestry and quarrying.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for species typical of Pinus forest and non-intensive olive groves. Breeding birds include six of the 21 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Mediterranean biome.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Olympos and pine forest of central Lesvos. Downloaded from on 10/06/2023.