A long ridge west of the River Acheloos. The site is dominated by maquis, oak Quercus woodland, and at higher altitudes fir Abies forests. Human activities include stock-raising and arable agriculture.
The site is important for species typical of Mediterranean woodland and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (4-8 breeding pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is threatened by agricultural intensification, grazing preventing forest regeneration and a planned construction of a new dam on the River Acheloos.
National Partial International None3,600 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Kanala Valtou, 3,600 ha). 1,560 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mesonyhi-Fountes/Klidi-Skoulikaria, 1,560 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Valtou mountains. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 21/01/2022.