SPA Summit of mount Koziakas
Summit of mount Koziakas (GR1440006)
National Name: Korufes orous Koziaka
Mount Kerketio (Koziakas) is located at the east borders of central Pindos, stretching from Kalampaka to the town Pili outside Trikala.
Landscape and biodiversity
The mountain ridge is rocky with low and sparse vegetation and is covered by thin coniferous forests, grasslands and shrubland.
It is an important site for breeding raptors and species associated with forest. The area hosted a Gyps fulvus colony until the mid ’90s. Other important species: Falco biarmicus, Falco peregrinus, Milvus migrans, Neophron percnopterus, Circaetus gallicus, Aquila chrysaetos, Ciconia nigra.
Human activities include livestock breeding, agriculture and tourism.
The main threats for the area’s species include the illegal use of poisoned baits which poses a serious threat for scavenging raptors, and road construction which in the past resulted in the abandonment of the Gyps fulvus colony as well as in the significant decline of Neophron percnopterus in the area. Intensive forest management (clear-cutting, removal of mature and dead trees) doesn’t benefit the conservation of species associated with forest.
• SPA: GR1440006 Koryfes Orous Koziaka (19,726 ha, 96 %)
• SCI: GR1440002 Kerketio Oros (Koziakas) (50,431 ha, 98 %)
• CHA: Koziakas (51,864 ha, 97 %)