A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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This site is dedicated to the wildlife of Symi and in particular anyone who has an interest in birds.

Symi belongs to the Dodecanese group of islands about 25 miles North West of Rhodes and over 250 miles from the Greek port of Piraeus. Symi lies between two peninsulas of  Turkey and at its closest is just six miles from Asia. Symi is mountainous and rocky with its highest peak, Vighla, at 620m.  The coastline is irregular  and measures about 85 km with numerous bays and headlands whilst being surrounded with a score or more islands and rocky islets. The island is mostly infertile and rocky (limestone) supporting a typical Mediterranean garrigue comunity of  dwarf shrubs and many aromatic herbs. There are a few small cultivated areas dotted throughout the island, notably above the harbour, Pedi  and elsewhere. Inland there are areas of coniferous forest consisting of cypresses and pine trees. The once cultivated valley of Pedi still supports a wide and varied range of flora and fauna. 

I hope you find this site interesting and I would encourage visitors to send in any pictures or comments you have that would add to the interest of those looking at the wildlife on Symi. Please go to the contact page for an email address.

Latest Sightings and Reports.

Partial Eclipse of the Moon

August 7, 2017

The Partial eclipse of the moon as seen tonight from Symi at its maximum about 21.20pm EET. I got painfully bitten by the mosquitoes as I stood in some ruins.........


Portuguese Laurel & Copyright issues

August 5, 2017

Recently I have discovered a website that stores my photos and allows the public to download these photos for free or cost and without my permission. The site is a complete scam and although it looks professional few of the links work (contact us, about etc). If you google an image for example, a blackbird, my title is there (symifloraandfauna.jigsy.com) but the link takes you through to their website without acknowledging the owner or my website. I have issued a take down notice with the host and with google but I fear little will change as the site is probably Russian, the name gives it away (or eastern European) and these sites often pop up again under a different name.

Sadly I will now be putting a discrete logo on each photo with hidden data that will make it plain to all who these photos belong to. If you want to download any of my photos you are welcome to do so with my permission sought first and with acknowledgment if published anywhere else. I run this website as a hobby and make no financial gain for the photos I publish. I find it very sad that others would seek to undermine even this aspect of my work.

Below is an example of all photos that will appear here. It is a portuguese laurel, and has long flowing tresses that flower all through the summer providing nectar for bees and insects during the hot summer days.


August 4, 2017

My good friend Jon Ryan sent me this superb picture of an octopus just off the harbour wall at Pedi.

Little Owls

August 3, 2017

After a long absence since March a little owl roosts on our local patch. Asleep during the heat of the afternoon, he perks up at sunset.

Loggerhead Turtles

August 2, 2017

Some lovely shots of loggerhead turtles sent to me by Nancy Jenkin while on holiday on Kastellorizo. 

Κάλο μήνα

August 1, 2017

Καλό μήνα, or happy August.                                                                                                                                                                               Super delicious yummy juicy ripe figs below our house that we share with wasps, hornets and very plump sparrows.

Audouin's Gull

July 28, 2017

A rather ragged looking Audouin's gull on Toli beach. This will probably be my last report for the Summer until I return in September, but you never know something spectacular may occur that's worth recording.

Thanks to all of you for following my blog and..... have a good Summer!


July 27, 2017

A pair of ravens playing tag with a gecko. The lizard was passed from claw to claw among a group of 12 or so ravens for about 20 minutes until one landed on a rocky outcrop and finally ate its prey.


The Passenger

July 22, 2017

This is Dysgonia algira or the strangely named Passenger moth for which I can find no explanation of its name. Mainly found in Southern Europe, North Africa and the near east.


July 21, 2017

After a horrible night experiencing earthquakes this morning looked eerily calm. The strongest was at 1.31 am at 6.7 on the richter scale but there were many after shocks some of which are still continuing. Here on Symi there has been few reports of damage. Sadly two lives have been lost on Kos and the island has suffered much damage, not least being the main port which is unusable at this moment.


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