GR134
Southwestern Lesvos and Petrified forest


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus LC resident 1996 5 breeding pairs B2
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus LC breeding 1996 frequent C6
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius LC resident 1996 frequent C6
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 1996 5-10 breeding pairs A1, C1
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae LC breeding 1996 frequent A3
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus LC breeding 1996 uncommon A3, B2
Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans LC breeding 1996 common A3
Sardinian Warbler Curruca melanocephala LC resident 1996 common A3
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer LC resident 1996 common A3
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 1996 abundant A3
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala LC breeding 1996 common A3
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea NT breeding 1996 100-250 breeding pairs A1, A3, B2, C1, C2, C6
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 1996 common A3, B3, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).


IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Xerolimni (Vatousas-Skalochoriou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,241 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Vatheia Koilada-Kelemia (Antissas) Katafygio Agrias Zois 446 protected area contained by site 446
To apolithomeno dasos tis Lesvou Diatiriteo mnimeio tis fysis 13,771 protected area overlaps with site 0
Thalassia Periochi Dytikis Lesvou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 21,369 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Skamniouda (Antissas) Katafygio Agrias Zois 780 protected area contained by site 780
Petrified Forest of Lesbos Island Natural Monument 15,000 protected area overlaps with site 12,062
Notiodytiki Chersonisos; Apolithomeno Dasos Lesvou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 28,748 is identical to site 28,819
Mesoros (Agra) Katafygio Agrias Zois 699 protected area overlaps with site 699
Megalonisi-Nisioti (Sigriou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 94 protected area contained by site 94
Maliontas-Tavari-Krouso (Mesotopou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 911 protected area overlaps with site 864
Lesvos: Kolpos Kallonis Kai Chersaia Paraktia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 18,805 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lesvos: Dytiki Chersonisos - Apolithomeno Dasos Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 20,543 protected area overlaps with site 14,704
Lesvos Paraktioi Ygrotopoi Kai Kolpos Kallonis Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 14,780 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Apolithomena (Sigriou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 2,007 protected area contained by site 2,007

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Other urban and industrial areas -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Southwestern Lesvos and Petrified forest. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/southwestern-lesvos-and-petrified-forest-iba-greece on 25/09/2023.