A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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The old mulberry tree at the little village of Βατί giving plenty of shade at Petrino's taverna on  southern Rhodes. The area used to be afforested but fires have reduced the area to open countryside although there are many olive groves and today the environment looks green enough and if given a chance will recover. A few kilometres down the road is the remains of an old silk factory and I am told the industry was once thriving here. The leaves from the mulberry tree or μουριά in Greek were collected as a food source for the silk worm. A pleasant enough place to stop for a late lunch at a traditional taverna.




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