A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Orchids and Blackbirds

On the plateau behind the harbour every blackbird seemed to be singing. This one dared showed itself and I caught it in mid song. Nearby on a piece of waste ground a small group of orchids were in full flower. Easily overlooked, some eight inches tall, these purple long lipped serpias reveal their beauty under closer examination. Else where I came across a small copse of Elders, in flower and improbably on Symi!

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