New birdwatching guide shows best birding sites in Greece

Photo: Konstantin Kreiser
By Communication Europe, Thu, 10/04/2014 - 11:51

HOS, BirdLife in Greece, has just released a new guide designed for birdwatchers, photographers and naturalists to provide all information needed to see some of the most important birds of Greece. The climate and geographical location of Greece, in south-eastern Europe and at the crossroads of three continents, has enriched the country with a diverse birdlife. The country comprises a meeting point and bottleneck for birds’ passage from Europe, Asia and Africa, and is the only place in Europe where you can see some of the birds coming from other continents. So far, 449 species of birds have been recorded in Greece, a number expected to increase, as more people become involved in birdwatching.

The new guide includes 33 of the most interesting birdwatching sites, covering all aspects of the exceptional habitat diversity found in the country; from alpine grasslands to river deltas and from maquis scrub to dense pristine woodland. Priority has been given to sites that hold populations of Mediterranean or rare and endangered species. The sites have been grouped in seven different regions, depending on their geographical location.

Each site comes with a detailed text and map with birding hotspots. It also includes information on how to get to each site, the best time of year to visit, other fauna and flora present as well as a list of the highlight bird species. Useful contacts are also provided.

The aim of this guide is to help birdwatchers add new species to their bird lists, as well as provide tourists with alternative activities that will allow them to enjoy Greek nature in a way that respects the incredible diversity that can be found throughout the country.

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I was birding in the Zia area of kos and was watching a serin singing at the top of a tree. I could also hear goldfinch singing. To my horror l discovered at least 8 small cages in the trees each with a loan goldfinch in each singing away. Some were clearly struggling in the afternoon heat devoid of shade. Are wildlife challenging what l can only assume is a traditional and illegal practice? My email is dianedaniels@fsmail.net. thankyou

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