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In search of Turkey’s dragonflies with Dave Smallshire

Bladetail Lindenia tetraphylla, David Smallshire

Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla), David Smallshire

Guided by renowned dragonfly expert, and all-round naturalist, Dave Smallshire, our new 8-day single-centre tour heads to southern Turkey’s beautiful ‘turquoise coast’ which is blessed with sunny skies and an exotic mix of wildlife. From our base in Dalyan we’ll head out each day to explore the area’s coastal wetlands, rivers and other habitats in search of the area’s dragonflies, damselflies and other wildlife. Highlights are likely to include: Turkish Goldenring, Bladetail, Violet Dropwing, Green-eyed Hawker, Indigo Dropwing, Magnificent Emperor and Odalisque, plus Europe’s largest butterfly – the Two-tailed Pasha.
Among the sites we will explore during our week are the wetlands surrounding nearby Lake Koycegiz, a wonderful area for dragonflies such as Eastern Willow Spreadwing, Yellow-spotted Emerald and Slender Skimmer, and birds including Little Bittern, Great Reed Warbler and Spur-winged Plover. We will also spend time exploring along the Dalyan river and within the Dalyan Delta, as well as the smaller Namnam and Yuvarlakcay rivers, where an exciting variety of Odonata such as Epaulet and Small Skimmers, and Turkish Clubtail, awaits! On rocky hillsides around Dalyan, Long-legged Buzzard and Short-toed Eagle soar overhead, whilst Blue Rock Thrushes are common and Western Rock Nuthatch occurs too. Other special birds of this area include Rüppell’s and Eastern Orphean Warblers, Masked Shrike, Rufous Bush Chat and the rare White-throated Kingfisher.
After a week of lovely scenery, interesting wildlife and tasty food, not to mention a sprinkling of archaeology (the tour will include a visit to the Roman archaeological ruins of Kaunos), it will be time to return to Dalaman for our flights home!
Contact: our next 8-day ‘Turkey’s Dragonflies’ holiday departs Wednesday 1st June 2016. Please call Paul Stanbury on 01962 733051 or email for further details.