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Lesbos

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
Operations Manager

 

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Skala Kallonis Hotel, one of the possible hotels used on this tripSkala Kallonis harbourSkala Kallonis harbourPoppy fieldKallonia salt pansSigriWoodchat Shrike (Mick Doyle)Little BitternTurtle DoveRuppel's Warbler female (Mick Doyle)Birdwatching at YpsilouKruper's Nuthatch (Mick Doyle)Black-headed BuntingRuppell's WarblerCorn BuntingSquacco Heron

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

M.S.
Kent
Lesbos

This holiday encompassed all our expectations in regards to bird watching. The tour leaders, Mike Hodgson and Reg Thorpe gave us a great experience with their knowledge of venues and bird identification, giving us many new and unexpected birds.

B.S.
Kent
Lesbos

We have just returned from a trip to Lesbos and I would like to thank everyone involved for a very sucessful holiday. I felt I needed to write especially to commend the leaders for this trip - Mike Hodgson and Reg Thorpe. They were exemplary in their bird locating and identification skills as might be expected on such a holiday but way and above that, their ability to draw the group together was excellent. They were especially kind and helpful to my family who represented the oldest and the youngest members of the group... I cannot praise them and their welcoming and inclusive attitude highly enough.

D.G.
Berkshire
Lesbos

Both leaders worked very hard to make the trip a success; they were extremely patient and ensured that we had an enjoyable week. Both deserve well merited thanks.