A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Messini beach, Lipsi


The view form the top of the hill by the windmill, looking north across the terraces.

Messini bay. About 20 yards out there is a ledge full of sea urchins so not a very good place to swim although the water was warm and a lovely cooling north breeze was blowing on to the beach.

Good shade was to be had under a prickly juniper tree, Cupressus sempervirens. These trees are found all over the Mediterranean particularly around the coastal areas. Cade oil is an essential oil made by the distillation of the wood of this shrub. It is a dark, aromatic oil with a strong smoky smell which is used in some cosmetics and (traditional) skin treatment drugs, as well as incense.

An old wooden boat sits in scrub near the shore.

How to make a sheep proof wall, Greek style.

And finally for me the find of the day, never recorded before on Lipsi a  Freyer's Grayling (Hipparchia fatua).

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