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Birds of North Greece

 

Dates & Prices

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Dates: 5 – 12 May 2018

Price: £1,095

Single Room Supplement: £none

Deposit: £150 per person


Price Includes: All meal, accommodation with private facilities, ground transport, services of guides, printed & bound holiday report & charitable donation.

Not Included: Flights, travel insurance, drinks and any other personal items.

Conservation Donation: 10% of profits donated to BirdWING (BirdWatching in Northern Greece)

Leader: Steve Mills & Hilary Koll from BirdWING

Group Size: Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 guests plus 1-2 leaders.

Grade: Gentle paced and generally short and very easy walks in a variety of terrains.

Holiday Highlights


  • Visit several of the best areas in north Greece for birds
  • 150+ bird species possible
  • Special birds at Kerkini such as Dalmatian Pelican, White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Great Egret and Black & White Stork
  • Boat trip on the lake – an unforgettable experience!
  • Raptors such as Honey Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Black Kite, Golden, Lesser spotted, White-tailed & Booted Eagle
  • 4 species of shrike
  • Eagle Owl, Black Woodpecker, Rock Nuthatch, Alpine Chough are all possible
  • Enjoy ‘spring on the wing’ with an interesting range of butterflies & dragonflies
  • Contribute to local bird conservation 

Visit wetlands of international importance, surrounded by stunning forested mountain ranges – a haven for birds and other wildlife in northern Greece!

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This is a relaxing holiday, for the discerning bird lover, visiting one of the best places in northern Greece for birdwatching and other wildlife! In order to allow you to enjoy this amazing location and wonderful bird watching at leisure we spend a full week staying at one hotel near the lake and explore it fully, along with nearby hills, mountains, rivers and fields.

The uniqueness of our holiday is further enhanced by a direct contribution towards the valuable conservation work done in the area by wildlife charity Birdwing (Birdwatching in Northern Greece), as 10% of the proceeds will be donated to them. Steve and Hilary, who run the charity and produce field guides for the region, will guide the tour.

Lake Kerkini, situated close to the border with Bulgaria. In spring it is a magical place and an early morning by the shore, watching pelicans, egrets and herons whilst being serenaded by Nightingale, Golden Oriole and Turtle Dove as the sun rises above snow-capped mountains reflected in a still lake is simply stunning! The overall beauty and richness of the area for wildlife is why the lake forms the heart of Lake Kerkini National Park.

Not only is the birdlife brilliant, the setting for this trip makes it all the more special. The serene waters of the lake form the stage upon which the drama for our visit will unfold; it is also surrounded by the imposing backdrop to the north Mount Belles, which rises up into the landscape at over 2,000m. Taking centre stage will be the bird for which the lake is perhaps best known, the globally threatened Dalmatian Pelican. A highlight of our visit will be a boat trip on the lake to see the Dalmatian Pelican breeding colony and the many other wetland birds that breed in the drowned forest such as Pygmy Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern and Squacco Heron.

Our home for the holiday will be less than a mile from the lake shore, at the very hospitable and environmentally aware, Hotel Limneo, on the eastern side of the lake, which is the best area for wildlife and perfectly positioned for our exploration of the lake and surrounding mountains. Our host, Nikos, will welcome us as friends to his home in the charming village of Chrysohorafa (meaning golden fields).

Kerkini is also an excellent site for raptors. Our main targets will be the rare and endangered Lesser Spotted Eagle and Golden Eagle. Other raptors to look out for include will be White-tailed Eagle, Black Kite, Honey Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Short-toed Eagle, and Booted Eagle. Imperial Eagles turn up occasionally too! And Eagle Owl can often put in an appearance. Little Owls will certainly be seen right by the hotel. We also can hope to see Black Storks gliding effortlessly into their forest homes behind the lake and we have breeding White Storks in the village.

We will also spend some time away from the excitement at the lake, to explore other habitats and increase the range of possible species! The sites we’ll visit include a mixture of habitat at different altitudes; from wet woodland, to Beech woods, montane forest and grassland meadows above the tree line. There are 7 possible Woodpeckers to see, including Grey-headed, Black, Syrian, Middle Spotted, Lesser and White-backed. A rich variety of the Passerines we’ll see include Skylark, Crested Lark, Water and Meadow Pipit, White and Grey Wagtail, Cirl and Rock Bunting, Serin, Linnet, Hawfinch, Great Grey Shrike, Sombre Tit, Rock Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Golden Oriole, European Bee-eater, Roller, Blue Rock Thrush, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike, Penduline Tit, Hoopoe and Black-headed Bunting.

 

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Day 1: Arrival in Thessaloniki and transfer to Lake Kerkini

Days 2-7: Lake Kerkini and wider area

Day 8: Departure Day. Transfer to Thessaloniki airport for homeward flights.

Malcolm & Pam…The holiday was very well organised by Greenwings, with great care taken of clients and good knowledge of the birds and places visited – it was a super area to watch birds! This holiday also had the best leaders we have encountered on this type of holiday. They were knowledgable, friendly and caring, we were looked after extremely well!

Alec & Kay…One of the best (if not THE best) European birding trips we have had – and we’ve had lots! This was the ‘real’ Greece, in a ‘real’ village! We really enjoyed the slow pace and time allowed to really watch and listen to fantastic birds in all the different habitats. We particularly liked the abundance of everything, especially the Golden Orioles, Turtle Doves and Hoopoes!

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