A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Afandou Beach, Rhodes

An early morning quick look around the extensive stoney area behind the beach at Afandou (maybe 4 kilometres by 1 k) produced no migrant birds at all. The "waste" land is colonised by crested larks (and acres of dumped rubbish) who specialise in this environment where there are plenty of seeds still lying on the ground from the spring flowers. Non native plants do well here too under the harsh stoney and salty conditions. Agaves and persian lilac trees grow on undisturbed corners but my favourite is the sea daffodil. It seems to thrive despite man made activity from cars, motorbikes and pedestrians. It will flower from now until November in anticipation of the winter rains when it will send up green leaves that will replenish the bulbs that sit below the sands. It has a sweet fragrance of a lily and is best noticed after dark or before sunrise.

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