Crete - Spectacular Flowers and Wildlife
Tuesday 12th - Tuesday 19th April 2016
This Greek island is a rugged location with mountains rising to nearly 2,500m. Wherever we go for our wildlife, these spectacular snow-capped mountains will nearly always form a highly scenic backdrop. With 180 or so endemic flowers on the island due to its geology and isolation from the mainland, this is a truly worthwhile place to go plant hunting. Perhaps the greatest delight for those who like flowers but would never describe themselves as a botanist are the huge swathes of various colourful species that are an absolute delight.
Typically Mediterranean birds such as Sardinian Warbler, Hoopoe and Bee-eater can be found here but then you add in good quantities of passing migrants and it becomes obvious that this is a great Springtime location. Migrants recorded in the past have included Temminck's Stint, Wryneck, Red-throated Pipit and Black-eared Wheatear. Mountain birds such as Golden eagle, Griffon Vulture and Lammergeier should also feature to complete a typically good Travelling Naturalist
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