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Dates: 4th – 11th October 2020

Price: £1,195 Places available

Single Room Supplement: £100

Deposit: £150 per person


Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides & holiday report

Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, entry to archaeological areas, drinks & other personal items

Leader(s): Dr Yiannis Christofides & Matt Smith

Group Size & Travel: Minimum 4 & maximum 12 guests + 2 leaders

Grade: Generally easy walking at a very gentle pace

Holiday Highlights


  • Warm autumn sunshine
  • Migrating and resident birds
  • Different habitats from the Salt-lakes to high pine forest
  • Butterflies and insects are still quite plentiful
  • Lizards and other reptiles
  • Local leaders Matt Smith to cover the birds and Yiannis Christofides for all other natural history
  • Two-centre holiday
  • Relaxed pace, keeping traveling distances to the minimum possible

Join our brand new autumn tour of Cyprus for bird migration and more!

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Holiday Guide

Dr Yiannis Christofides is a botanist living in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus and has experience of operating tours on the island all year round. Having obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of London he returned to his mountain village where he took up botany. This led to a new book on the Orchids of Cyprus. Several new plants were recorded for Cyprus and new locations were found for old ones. In 2018 Yiannis published his own up to date Illustrated Flora of Cyprus.

His interests include Orchids round the Mediterranean, the Floras of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey and also the flora of European Mountains. He takes a keen interest in other life-forms such as Butterflies and other Insects, Reptiles, Dragonflies and even Lichens. He likes to share his knowledge with members of his groups and his infectious enthusiasm makes him one of our most popular leaders. Yiannis is also knowledgeable about the geology and history of areas he visits.

Matt Smith is an experienced local birder and published amateur photographer and videographer (Some work featured on National Geographic) who has a passion and vast knowledge of all wildlife, but mainly avi-fauna focused.

An old-fashioned Naturalist at heart, belonging to the Cyprus Dragonfly and Butterfly study Groups and being active in the Cyprus Birding Community for over a decade with discoveries to his name. Discovering Eurasian Hobby’s breeding/nesting in the Republic of Cyprus for the very first time in 2014 and also many rare vagrant records annually, most notably the Island’s first Amur Falcon.

​Attributes new range data for Bird, Butterfly and Dragonfly species in Cyprus and attributing many new important sites to the Birding, Butterfly and Dragonfly community. Also notably discovered an amblypygi (Tail-less Whip Scorpion) species present in Cyprus for the first time and more recently discovering the first larvae of Pantala Flavescens (Wandering Glider) in Cyprus in 2018.

When not birding, herping, ode’ing, orchid hunting or butterflying, he is likely to be freediving in the seas around Cyprus, furthering his interest in Marine life!

 

Join our brand new autumn tour of Cyprus for bird migration and more! 

Cyprus position on the  bird migration routes makes it one of the best place to observe migrating  birds both in spring and autumn. This coupled with the two large salt lakes, which attract thousands of flamingos and the presence of 3 endemic species and several subspecies add  interest. These are the Cyprus Wheatear, the Cyprus warbler and the Cyprus Scops owl. Cyprus hosts high mountains, reaching almost 2000 meters. Here, in high pine forest we find different birds, such as the local races of the crossbill, jay, coal tit and short-toed tree-creeper.

The tour has been timed to coincide with the best period for raptor passage. Honey Buzzards (Cyprus being one of the best places in Europe for them at this time of year) and various eagle species should be attainable, as well as the much sought after Red-footed Falcon.

Summer extends a long way into autumn, with sunny, warm days. The first of the autumn rains trigger new flowering, with the landscape awash with autumn squill. Many butterflies are still on the wing and we should look out for Small copper, Lesser fiery copper, Grass Jewel, African Grass Blue, Long-tailed and Lang’s short-tailed blue, Wall Brown, Hermit, Cyprus Grayling, Pigmy, Millet and Mallow skippers. Other interesting insects will be the Cone-headed Grasshopper and several species of Praying mantis.

The four species of lizard present in Cyprus will still be active and we shall see them all. There is also always the chance to come across a chameleon.

The holiday will have a significant focus on birds, but we shall not ignore the plants, butterflies and reptiles that we come across too.

Day 1. Arrival at Larnaka  and  time permiting site visit around Larnaca Salt lake. Overnight Larnaka

Day 2. Larnaca Salt Lake, Sewage Works/Menou, Aquaduct/kamares to look for Greater Flamingo, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Tern, Plovers and other water birds. Overnight Larnaka

Day 3. Oroklini, Achna Dam, Cape Greco. Similar species for day 2 with Cyprus Warbler, Cyprus Wheatear possible. Overnight Larnaka

Day 4. Transfer to Paphos, visiting Akrotiri Marsh, Gravel Pits, Akrotiri Salt Lake run off, Zakaki, Ladies Mile, Episkopi. Greater Flamingo, Water-fowl, Armenian Gull, Herons, Marsh Harrier,  Eleonora’s Falcon, Griffon Vuture. Overnight Paphos

Day 5. Paphos Headland, Paphos Sewage Plant, Agia Varvara, Mandria and Timi. Red-footed Falcon,, Bonelli’s Eagle,, Pallid Harrier, Spotted Crake, Water Pipit, Bluethroat, Black Francolin, Chukar, Little Bittern, Greater Sand Plover, Spur-winged Lapwing. Overnight Paphos

Day 6. Anarita Park, Episkopi, Minthis Hills, Evretou Dam. Cyprus Scops Owl, Long-legged Buzzard, European Honey Buzzard, European Bee-eater, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-backed shrike, Lesser grey shrike and Masked shrike. Overnight Paphos

Day 7. Troodos sites Dorothy’s Short-toed Treecreeper, Red Crossbill, Coal tit, Jay. Overnight Paphos

Day 8. Departure, with excursion in the morning.

New holiday so testimonials will follow later

New holiday so reports will follow later