Wildlife holidays in Lesbos
Tell me about Lesbos …
Lesbos lies in the Aegean Sea, just a few kilometres from the coast of Turkey.
Third largest of the Greek islands, it has a rugged mountainous interior and a magnificent coastline which has largely escaped the ravages of mass tourism.
A major source of revenue for the island is the production of high quality olive oil.
Our Lesbos specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Lesbos’ tour is a relaxing 8-day birdwatching holiday to this beautiful Greek island. This is one of the best places in Europe to see the spring migrants. It is definitely a worthy short-haul destination."Dan Free
What’s special about the wildlife?
The island is perfectly situated as a stopover for migrant birds heading north from Africa, and there are few better places in Europe to observe the ebb and flow of spring migration. Lesbos also boasts an impressive list of breeding bird species.
Naturetrek Tour to Lesbos
We offer a 10-day bird watching holiday to this beautiful Greek island, regarded by many as one of the best places in Europe to observe spring migration.
What birds might I see?
- We’ll inspect pools, marshes and saltpans around Skalla Kallonis for passage migrants such as herons, waders & terns
- Kruper’s Nuthatch & Cinereous Bunting are two of the rarer breeding birds we’ll look for
- Black-winged Stilts, Collared Pratincoles, Long-legged Buzzard & Masked Shrikes are a few of the species we may find
- We’ll also hope to add some vagrants, many of Central Asian origin, to our lists: Lanner, Spur-winged Plover, Great Snipe & Citrine Wagtail have been seen in recent years
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Lesbos HOLIDAYS
As a birding holiday where the aim was to see new species (26 in my case) and a range of species (ca. 140), this was highly successful. Added to that were good food and beautiful scenery, in addition to good weather.
On an island that was full of birdwatchers, it was particularly appreciated that the leaders were able to take us to remote locations where we were often the only group present. The itinerary was tailored so as to maximise the number of species seen.
Opportunities to eat in local tavernas, thus sampling a bit of Greek culture, were appreciated, as were (coincidental) visits to historical religious sites.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable birding holiday.
Chris and Reg are both very skilled birders, and very affable and caring. Also, both are good drivers; important in this mountainous terrain! A very happy trip, with good leaders and fun companions. The birding was very interesting too! The weather was good and the birds were forthcoming under the knowing eyes of our experienced leaders. A good variety of habitats were explored. Lesbos is a beautiful island and we had a chance to see all of it. The local people are very friendly and a surprising number of them speak English. They seemed genuinely pleased to see us.
Chris and Reg were very patient and helped at every stage. Knowledge and previous experience is a great asset. They went to great lengths to explain all about the birds, hoping to make us experts.