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Wildlife Holidays to Samos
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Samos

Wildlife holidays in Samos

Tell me about Samos …

Samos lies in the eastern Aegean Sea, just a mile from the Turkish mainland. It is one of the Sporadhes Islands, and is similar in size and shape to the Isle of Wight.

Samos has two mountain ranges which ensure the island remains relatively green and fertile throughout the year.

The island has a very varied landscape, and a wide range of habitats. It remains comparatively little-visited and undeveloped.

Our Samos specialist recommends...

"The Island of Samos is a fantastic place to experience the spring migration of birds, spring flowers and insects. With a central base throughout this is a relaxing tour enjoying the beautiful island on daily wildlife walks and short excursions."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Gladiolus italicus - Field Gladiolus (Tony Albrehart)Samos coast (Tony Albrehart)Samos town (Peter Dunn)Ophrys oestifera - Horned Woodcock Orchid (Peter Dunn)Ophrys fusca - Sombre Bee Orchid (Peter Dunn)Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Peter Dunn)Orchis italica - Naked Man Orchid (Peter Dunn)Orchis fragrans - Bug Orchid (Paul Harmes)Flowery field (Paul Harmes)European Roller (Peter Dunn)Ophrys ferrum-equinum - Horseshoe Orchid (Paul Harmes)Arum dioscoridis (Paul Harmes)Balkan Green Lizard (Tony Albrehart)Black-eared Wheatear (Peter Dunn)Cercis siliquastrum - Judas Tree (Paul Harmes)Peloponnese Wall Lizard (Paul Harmes)

What’s special about the wildlife?

Birdlife: like Lesbos, Samos lies on the main migration route along the Turkish coast.

Plant-life: the island’s varied habitats support a rich and unique spring flora, comprising a mix of eastern Mediterranean plants as well as localised montane species.

Naturetrek Tour to Samos

We offer a 9-day holiday on the Mediterranean island of Samos in search of spring flowers, insects and migrating birds.

What wildlife might I see?

  • Among the Cistus scrub we should find a wide variety of orchids (including Late Spider), Gladiolus illyricus & the strange Clathrus ruber, a bright red fungus
  • At higher altitudes we’ll search for veronicas, saxifrages, geraniums & erodiums
  • Audouin’s & Mediterranean Gulls, Honey Buzzard, Short-toed Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Little Bitterns, Ruddy Shelduck & Subalpine, Ruppell’s & Sardinian Warbler are among the many exciting bird species we’ll look for
  • Chameleons, dragonflies, butterflies & spectacular scenery are among the island’s many other wildlife attractions

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Samos HOLIDAYS

James was an excellent guide and always made sure that we all got good views of the target birds - he is calm, unassuming and confident in his work. Toby always made sure that the birders saw any special plants, even to the extent of back-tracking for one tiny specimen in a huge expanse of what looked, to me, similar vegetation! Well done to them both!

J.C.
Herefordshire
The Island of Samos

Paul Harmes was an excellent leader. He encouraged us to look in his scope at the birds and told us all about them - it was very exciting to see the citrine wagtail, the golden oriole and the roller. He had a wide knowledge of natural history and could answer all our questions whether it was about flora, lizards or butterflies and we walked in beautiful countryside. He balanced all the interests of the group and was open to suggestions from the group when we asked if we could visit the Temple of Hera. He went out of his way to help us and he took us to the Temple on the way to the airport on the last day. It was absolutely fascinating and I saw a balkan green lizard there too!
Paul Harmes should be complimented on his tremendous efforts to make things work well. He was considerate of individuals and worked very hard indeed to support and inform the rather varied interests of the group. He's good at preparing lunches too!