Symi in 1907 and 2015. Some of the houses are still recognisable, the Pedi valley looks green as ever but Kastro has been rebuilt after it was destroyed during the second world war.
This site is dedicated to the wildlife of Symi and in particular anyone who has an interest in birds.
Symi belongs to the Dodecanese group of islands about 25 miles North West of Rhodes and over 250 miles from the Greek port of Piraeus. Symi lies between two peninsulas of Turkey and at its closest is just six miles from Asia. Symi is mountainous and rocky with its highest peak, Vighla, at 620m. The coastline is irregular and measures about 85 km with numerous bays and headlands whilst being surrounded with a score or more islands and rocky islets. The island is mostly infertile and rocky (limestone) supporting a typical Mediterranean garrigue comunity of dwarf shrubs and many aromatic herbs. There are a few small cultivated areas dotted throughout the island, notably above the harbour, Pedi and elsewhere. Inland there are areas of coniferous forest consisting of cypresses and pine trees. The once cultivated valley of Pedi still supports a wide and varied range of flora and fauna.
I hope you find this site interesting and I would encourage visitors to send in any pictures or comments you have that would add to the interest of those looking at the wildlife on Symi. Please go to the contact page for an email address.
Sitting on a plate or whatever they are called means we get earthquakes from time to time. The one last night was 5.2 on the Richter scale and the biggest I've experienced since living here. There was a low rumbling for 2 seconds and then everything shook at about midnight for a further second. Scary!
Freyer's grayling rests only with its wings closed and blends well with the rocks that surround it. A common large butterfly seen on Symi and many islands in the Eastern Aegean.
Another common butterfly is the Aegean meadow brown also well camouflaged but does show its upper wings from time to time.
Not an unusual sight at this time of year. The sky above the village was filled with alpine swifts yesterday making their annual migration south. Picture by James Collins of Symi Dream. Keep an eye out for eleonora's falcons which prey on these birds.
After a brief period of rain on Tuesday this family of ravens was out doing acrobatic displays in the warm sunshine.