The forest lies at the south-eastern end of Mount Rodopi. The site is a mosaic of mature forest, meadows, small areas of cultivation and rivers.
This is a very important site for breeding and wintering raptors with 36 species recorded. Breeding birds include eight of the 21 species that are restricted in Europe to the Mediterranean biome. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (3-6 wintering individuals), Aquila heliaca (breeding, 2-4 wintering individuals), Falco naumanni.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: National Park of Dadia - Lefkimi - Soufli forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/10/2020.