A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Nimborio Road

Just a few yards back from Nimborio beach is this impressive date palm. Not a native but closely related to the Cretan palm which can only be found in eastern Crete and south west Turkey. This palm is a native from north Africa and south west Asia and is grown for its fruit and as decorative plant seen here in an enclosed garden.

The word "nimborio" and derivations of it, I am told by James Collins, is an old Greek word for trading place and in this case was a Roman port. There are many variations of this word to be found all over the Aegean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although everything is beginning to green up along the roadside there aren't too many flowers yet, but this little daisy seems to be doing well. This is Bellis perennis, a common daisy found all over the Mediterranean.

 

 

 

 

 

Perched on top of this rock was a very nice stonechat. The female wasn't very far away. I think, judging by the chatting there were quite a few stonechats about too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearby this goldfinch was helping itself to a plentiful supply of thistle seeds. There seems to be reasonable population on Symi despite the practice of catching small songbirds on limed sticks and caging them.

Other birds seen today included ravens, yellow legged gulls and a very nice chukar which we set off flapping.

 

 

 

 

 

The last creature seen today was a marine bird of dubious nature surrounded by swallows!

 

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