As of the 22nd November 2005 this site was designated an SPA.
This site is situated in the southeast part of the Pafos district and covers the Xeros river valley from Roudias Bridge to Asprokremmos Dam. The Xeros river runs only during winter and spring. A total of 76 Birds Directive Annex 1 species have been reported in this site. Ten of these breed regularly here. The site also supports important populations of Black Francolin for which Cyprus is its westernmost distribution.
Road improvements in the area are expected to increase developmental pressure within the site. The northern part of the site is relatively undisturbed by human intervention but is at great risk from fire. Hunting is permitted within the site, but this need not pose a threat provided enforcement of the relevant law is strict and hunting is exercised in a sustainable manner, taking into account the conservation needs of the species for which the site is designated.