A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts : "western peloponnese"

An Extra Bit From Strofylia National Park

Some of the under water inhabitants of the lagoons in Strofylia National Park.

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A Last look at Strofylia Forest

The Dunes

The first plant I notice walking around the dunes is the sea daffodil with its beautiful white trumpet and strange bulbous green seed pods. The edge of the forest is bounded by salt water channels and aleppo pines, with low scrub of mastic and wayfaring bushes. Heather grows in the more dense undergrowth while butterflies and dragonflies dart from …

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Kotychi Lagoon and Salt Pan

At the southern end of the National park lies the Kotychi Lagoon, a vast permanent salt water area that is important for fish breeding, migrating birds and overwintering waders and waterfowl. There wasn't a great deal there yesterday in evidence but once again I did watch a marsh harrier a distance quartering the reeds. A kilometre or so south lies…

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Strofylia Wetlands Forest.

Or as I like to call it, the forest of biting insects. What started as a gentle amble turned into a forced route march in a vein attempt to out run nasty, blood sucking insects.
The most striking feature here is the umbrella pine, stone pine or Pinus pinea which cover an area between the lagoons and the sea for about 8 kilometres. A cut pine revea…

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Prokopos Lagoon.

This huge salt water lagoon that stretches almost as far as the eye can see is absolutely teeming with wildlife. More flamingos, coots galore, ducks, little grebes, herons, little egrets, kestrels and a peregrine were just some of the birds seen here today. but the highlight for me was a marsh harrier that lazily quartered a few acres looking for …

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In evenings shepherds move their flocks to graze on the stubble after this years crops have been harvested. The disturbance throws up many insects so it's not uncommon to find huge numbers of hirundines, mostly house martins, flying just a few feet above the animals. The sheepdogs don't work the flocks as they do in the UK but seem to be used as a …

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Kalogria Lagoon

A sunrise visit to the nearby saltwater lagoon at Kalogria was well worth a visit. At first I was stopped by the Park Police and asked if I was fishing or shooting which I found reassuring, but the real prize today was the greater flamingos on the lake shown here and presumably on route to some new winter grounds.

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The Western Peloponnese

I've travelled overnight on the Bluestar to Piraeus and thence to Patra and another 30 kilometres to the salt lagoons near the old second world war airfield at Araxos on the west coast of Greece. I joked about seeing wild jackals (canis aureus) but here I am listening to their early evening chorus from my balcony. I am just stunned. Here is a you t…

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