A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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The cold weather has pushed the birds to where there is food. Areas of Panormitis have relatively low grazing and maintain a good garrigue where shrubs provide food in the form of berries and cover. 

Close to the shore the shrubs are sculpted into a wave form from the prevailing winds off the sea.

The berries from the mastic tree provide food for a song thrush, quite an unusual visitor for Symi, lots blue rock thrushes, blackbirds and so on. 

The shore line attracts robins and black redstarts among others feeding off insects from the rotting seaweeds.

This is the phoenicean juniper often found on the shore line and tolerant of drought conditions.

Not been able to identify this one yet but plenty of berries on it.

And finally a nice early cyclamen.








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