A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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The summer solstice marks, for me, the beginning of several months of long, hot, sunshine filled days with no rain and little prospect of any serious rain til November. It also marks the end of the cycle of growth for many plants; the flowers have long gone, there will be a few here and there that will throw up flowers in the tough drought conditions that are to follow. The heat and the goats and sheep will eat all that is green unless it is poisonous, prickly or a bulb, stripping the land bare. Here and there the plants and the wildlife are protected by enclosed patches of land from landowners that can be seen dotted across the island. The birds have brought up their young and like the swallows have moved on to more productive pastures. There are still plenty of butterflies and the reptiles seem to thrive in the summer heat, often to be seen basking on walls and road surfaces alike. This one in the photo was not so lucky.

I still have a few posts to catch up on and I intend to do a review over the coming months  of some of the more memorable posts and photographs of the last 12 months. So forgive me if the posts are less numerous for awhile.

I would also like to thank all of you that have followed this blog and also those of you that have stopped to talk to me (usually in Yanni Rainbow's bar).

Happy summer to you all! 

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