A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Eastern Crete.

Rugged hills, green valleys and semi deserted villages might be a good description of eastern Crete. But the soil types and the height of the mountains provide for a very varied range of wildlife.

Stonechats seem to thrive on undisturbed ground....

A long legged buzzard mobbed by a raven.

An overwintering ruddy shelduck browsing the new shoots in a field. Apparently a very rare visitor here with only 15 reports this year.

And a beautiful viola no bigger than my thumb. It is a very rare plant only found at the extremities of Crete and a few other islands. Viola scorpiuridies is so called because its flowers hang on a stem shaped like a scorpion's tail.

Once again crown anemones colouring the ground

Pistacia lentiscus, commonly known as the mastic tree is well adapted for this harsh environment.

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