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."David Phillips
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 thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The leaders, Chris and Mike, were excellent: friendly, personable, highly knowledgeable, highly enthusiastic, patient and diligent in helping each one of the group 'get on' with the birds. The size of the group - 14 - was just right and we all got on very well. We saw some great birds and went to some beautiful places.
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.
The hotel was excellent...comfortable beds and plenty of hot water for the shower... No words of mine can express my admiration for the professionalism and dedication shown by both leaders. Their devotion to making our holiday an enjoyable one, bordered on obsession. Nothing was too much trouble, and they bent over backwards to please all the people all the time... Their birding abilities constantly astonished me with their knowledge and identification skills. Every bird of any interest was instantly scoped for all the group to see if they wished and didnt have a telescope... They always made sure that everyone had seen the bird before we left the site...they retained their enthusiasm for birds and transmitted this to the rest of the group.