Wildlife holidays in Lesbos
Tell me about Lesbos …
Lesbos lies in the Aegean Sea, just a few kilometres from the coast of Turkey.
Third largest of the Greek islands, it has a rugged mountainous interior and a magnificent coastline which has largely escaped the ravages of mass tourism.
A major source of revenue for the island is the production of high quality olive oil.
Our Lesbos specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Lesbos’ tour is a relaxing 8-day birdwatching holiday to this beautiful Greek island. This is one of the best places in Europe to see the spring migrants. It is definitely a worthy short-haul destination."Dan Free
What’s special about the wildlife?
The island is perfectly situated as a stopover for migrant birds heading north from Africa, and there are few better places in Europe to observe the ebb and flow of spring migration. Lesbos also boasts an impressive list of breeding bird species.
Naturetrek Tour to Lesbos
We offer a 10-day bird watching holiday to this beautiful Greek island, regarded by many as one of the best places in Europe to observe spring migration.
What birds might I see?
- We’ll inspect pools, marshes and saltpans around Skalla Kallonis for passage migrants such as herons, waders & terns
- Kruper’s Nuthatch & Cinereous Bunting are two of the rarer breeding birds we’ll look for
- Black-winged Stilts, Collared Pratincoles, Long-legged Buzzard & Masked Shrikes are a few of the species we may find
- We’ll also hope to add some vagrants, many of Central Asian origin, to our lists: Lanner, Spur-winged Plover, Great Snipe & Citrine Wagtail have been seen in recent years
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Lesbos HOLIDAYS
Combination of excellent leaders (extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic), good group, pleasant hotel with very welcoming staff, good birding (but also focus on other aspects in which many are interested - butterflies, other insects, vegetation/plants etc.) and good weather.
Chris and Reg were very patient and helped at every stage. Knowledge and previous experience is a great asset. They went to great lengths to explain all about the birds, hoping to make us experts.
Lesbos is a birders' heaven, the island is unspoiled and with the spring migration the variety of birds is constantly changing. Birders are willing to discuss sightings which was mutually beneficial. There is great diversity of high rocky mountainous areas to low wetlands, salt pans and coastal areas. All of which were highly enjoyable for walking and finding wildflowers, birds, butterflies - definitely therapeutic. Every day was a pleasurable experience. Concerns regarding illegal human immigrants were unfounded. I can recommend Lesbos, definitely worth a visit.