A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts November 2015

Fish for Dinner

Autumn on Karpathos

Considering that this is the end of the dry season I am amazed at the wealth of flowers and the greenness of the island. From virgin's bower to a spider's web and heather the later of which I have not seen on Symi, here are a few of the delights of Karpathos!

 

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Karpathos

A few images of Karpathos starting with Karpathos town and ending with sunset over Kasos.

 

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Sitia

Sitia is a large sprawling town on the north east coast of Crete and served as a convenient overnight stop on our journey to Karpathos.

There is still an old town to explore and above it there is a quaint but small Byzantine castle which offers good views of the surrounding area. The archeology museum is worth a visit too.

 

 

 

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The Kolechto Hills

Myrtos is a small fishing village about 10 miles west of Ierapetra on Crete and there is some seriously good walking to be had there. This notice board gives you a good idea what's to be had but maps are less forthcoming. Still a good GPS system will keep you on track.

There is a good bus service there too.

I am told that Myrtos was once the…

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The Death of an Old Friend

I returned from visiting a friend in Rhodes yesterday to find this once old magnificent cypress tree being cut down. It is now just a shadow of its former self and tomorrow it will be no longer. No reason has been given and as far as I can see it is not rotten nor damaged. You will have to ask the caretaker or God.

From our balcony I have w…

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Profitis Ilias

 

 

 

The area around Profitis Ilias is a mixture of cypress woodland and open garrigue with contoured terraces on every level.

There are no footpaths here and it is just a matter of following old goat tracks and stumbling across man made staircases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This terrace has a level with dressed…

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Black Redstart

Crete Nature Blog

An informative and amusing nature blog by Steve Daniels. Definitely worth a look!

http://cretenature.blogspot.gr

Golden Samphire

Limbarda crithmoides or golden samphire is found all over the Mediterranean and in the UK where in Essex it is at its most northerly range.

The other name is Inula crithmoides and is connected with Helen of Troy who, it is said, held a bunch of Inula helenium when she was abducted by Paris. Helen of Troy had a large armful of these flowers when …

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Ravens

These ravens seemed to be having a great time on a warm rising breeze. We had a great a view of some aerial displays including flying upside down, formation flying and high speed dive bombing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Golden Samphire

Limbarda crithmoides or golden samphire is found all over the Mediterranean and in the UK where in Essex it is at its most northerly range.

The other name is Inula crithmoides and is connected with Helen of Troy who, it is said, held a bunch of Inula helenium when she was abducted by Paris. Helen of Troy had a large armful of these flowers w…

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Autumn crocus

Sternbergia lutea or the autumn daffodil here seen on the cataractus. Beautiful.

Autumn Crocus

Crocus Tournefortii. The only known crocus to stay open at night, not that I'm going to check that out!   

                         

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Butterflies

Some of the butterflies and moths I have found on Symi and nearby islands. Full list here.

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Raptors

A sparrowhawk (left) and a long legged buzzard catching the thermals over the village this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ierapetra Beach

The beach at Ierapetra is sandwiched between miles of  tamarisk trees lining the top of the shore and rock pools at the low tide mark. The tide is only a few centimetres  in height and more influenced by the weather than anything else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trees were in full flower when we visited the  beach and wer…

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Ierapetra

Ierapetra is the southern most city in Crete and Europe and has many influences from North Africa, Byzantine, and elsewhere. The climate is sub tropical and has more sunny days a year than anywhere else in Europe. Despite its dry climate it is a huge vegetable growing area, mostly under greenhouses and the shops are filled with fresh vegetables…

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Kremasti

 

Always a good place to start is the Kremasti river just at the end of the runway at the Diagoras airport on Rhodes.

Here seen full of water I only had a few hours to explore but it seemed a butterfly day after a day of torrential rain the day before. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Redstarts

We returned to Symi late Sunday night but at Panormitis where the the big yearly festival was in process. 

I've had a few days to return to normal and the first thing I noticed was the return of the black redstarts back into the village. they never go far away but they seem to be absent in the village during the summer months.

 

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