Southwestern Lesvos and Petrified forest

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 34,000 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
A rugged area dominated by phrygana with dispersed Quercus macrolepis. The inaccessible northern areas of the site are dominated by maquis. Human activities include livestock-farming, tourism and quarrying.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding and passage raptors and also other migrants. Breeding birds include nine of the 21 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Mediterranean biome. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (non-breeding), Aquila clanga (non-breeding), Larus audouinii (non-breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Southwestern Lesvos and Petrified forest. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.