Rocky islands characterized by steep cliffs and scree with phrygana as the dominant vegetation. The main human activities are livestock-farming and hunting.
This is an important location for species associated with Mediterranean scrub and for breeding seabirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (breeding).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from illegal hunting and fires. The area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International None1,750 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Vananta-Vrochounta-Stioi-Avlona-Tristomo/Olympou, 1,750 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saria island and northern Karpathos. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 04/03/2021.