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
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.
I found Reg Thorpe exceptionally good as a leader for this tour. His knowledge and sharp ears and eyes found us the key species plus other less expected birds.
This was my first Naturetrek holiday. My wife and I fancied a pre-winter break with walking, scenery and species interest in a new location. We got it! Reg Thorpe was all go from the crack of dawn until just before sunset - once or twice the sun was setting as we returned to base. His organisation, competence and knowledge of subject were first class. Two things are essential in such a trip; enthusiasm (about the subject - birds) and knowledge of the subject. Reg never missed a moment of the day. His very keen eye coupled with his experience of Lesbos gave us 100% of what we had come to see. I saw a number of species for the first time.