A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Towards Emborios

Old shepherds houses dot the landscape often with a long disused threshing circle sited nearby. Below an old abandoned church complete with a marble pillar and doric capitol sits next to the path. Sea squill flower spikes wave in the breeze and herald the winter and forthcoming rains (we hope). 

A burnt out tree trunk probably struck by lightning tells the power of the winter storms to come. About half  way to the village we stop on a flat area to take some water. A pleasant breeze blows up the hill from the sea to our west where we can see Kos, the small island of Gyali, now used as a quarry for building materials and Turkey beyond. The lightly wooded area is a haven for birds; spotted fly catchers, shrikes and wheatears dart in and out of the bushes to catch unwary insects and lizards. The hill in front of us is almost entirely terraced.

To be continued



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