A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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A Rhodes Gorge

A green outlook across the Atavyros mountains on Rhodes and a small gorge.

Looking up the gorge and down to a heavily wooded forest.

Far too steep and short of time this was as far as I got. I disturbed an Eagle Owl, some where up there roosting, at this point and the shock of seeing it about 12 feet above my head caused me to return to the forest below to see if I could capture it. Almost unheard of to find this bird on a Greek island but to be sure it was really an Eagle owl, unmistakably and it was confirmed in the local taverna just a few miles away.

Naples garlic has colonised the lower end of the gorge. Below is Ferula communis or giant fennel. The stems become hard and woody on drying and have been used in some places for furniture making. The pith, when dry, burns slowly inside the stem and can be carried alight and may have been the original olympic torch.



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