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Wildlife Holidays in Sicily

Tell me about Sicily …

Separated from Italy by the Straits of Messina, from Sardinia to the north by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and from Africa to the south, the island of Sicily basks in a warm, mainly dry, climate.

The history of the island can be traced back as far as 13,000 BC. By the 3rd century BC Sicily had become a province of Rome, its fertile soil earning it the title of ‘Granary of the Empire’.

Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Its first recorded eruption was in 450 BC and there have been about 260 subsequent eruptions of varying intensity, which are still occurring to the present day.

Our Sicily specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Spring Birding in Sicily’ tour is a relaxing 7-day holiday where we focus on the spring migration. Of course Sicily’s beautiful scenery is a superb backdrop and we will also try a little ‘moth-ing’ from our delightful base."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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What’s special about the wildlife?

There are a number of interesting botanical locations on the southern, western and eastern slopes of Mount Etna, while in the Madonie Mountains the landscape of Dolomitic limestone presents another rich habitat for flora.

Naturetrek Tour to Sicily

We offer an 8-day holiday to Sicily focusing on the wild flowers of Mount Etna and the Madonie Mountains.

What flora might I see?

  • We’ll explore the various botanical stages of colonisation of the lava on the slopes of Mount Etna
  • Species we’ll look for include Sicilian Milkvetch, the endemic Etna Violet, Nebrod Carline Thistle & Etna Greenweed
  • In the Madonie Mountains, Man Orchid, Pink Butterfly Orchid & Bastard Palm will be among the species we’ll search for
  • The Madonna degli Angeli Valley is home to the endemic & extremely rare Nebrod Pine

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Sicily HOLIDAYS

Mr C.
Northamptonshire
Spring Birding in Sicily

Lovely holiday - a really friendly group - lots of laughs. Stuart was a superb leader in all respects, not only blessed with a wonderful ear and great vision for the birds, but also displaying an infectious interest in all things natural and making sure everyone saw it all.
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Mr & Mrs A
Lancashire
Spring Birding in Sicily

The accommodation was outstanding - slightly quirky but lovely and Baron Peter went out of his way to ensure our comfort. The food was some of the best we have had on a Naturetrek holiday.

Mrs M.
Edinburgh

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Spring Birding in Sicily

Leaders- both were excellent! Their thoughtfulness, carefulness and knowledge were very much appreciated and they possessed both general expertise and particular areas of knowledge which complemented each other. I was an absolute neophyte about birds and they both took time to explain and help me find out more. My thanks to them both.