Wildlife Holidays in Sicily
Tell me about Sicily …
Separated from Italy by the Straits of Messina, from Sardinia to the north by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and from Africa to the south, the island of Sicily basks in a warm, mainly dry, climate.
The history of the island can be traced back as far as 13,000 BC. By the 3rd century BC Sicily had become a province of Rome, its fertile soil earning it the title of ‘Granary of the Empire’.
Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Its first recorded eruption was in 450 BC and there have been about 260 subsequent eruptions of varying intensity, which are still occurring to the present day.
Our Sicily specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Spring Birding in Sicily’ tour is a relaxing 7-day holiday where we focus on the spring migration. Of course Sicily’s beautiful scenery is a superb backdrop and we will also try a little ‘moth-ing’ from our delightful base."
What’s special about the wildlife?
There are a number of interesting botanical locations on the southern, western and eastern slopes of Mount Etna, while in the Madonie Mountains the landscape of Dolomitic limestone presents another rich habitat for flora.
Naturetrek Tour to Sicily
We offer an 8-day holiday to Sicily focusing on the wild flowers of Mount Etna and the Madonie Mountains.
What flora might I see?
- We’ll explore the various botanical stages of colonisation of the lava on the slopes of Mount Etna
- Species we’ll look for include Sicilian Milkvetch, the endemic Etna Violet, Nebrod Carline Thistle & Etna Greenweed
- In the Madonie Mountains, Man Orchid, Pink Butterfly Orchid & Bastard Palm will be among the species we’ll search for
- The Madonna degli Angeli Valley is home to the endemic & extremely rare Nebrod Pine
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Sicily HOLIDAYS
Jessica and Stuart worked very hard to ensure we had a good trip. I particularly valued having a botanist and an ornithologist. The Pozzo di Mazza was comfortable and my shared room was spacious. The breakfasts were excellent.
It was the first time I'd done a guided birding trip and it exceeded my expectations. I liked the variety of habitats and the extra activities - visiting Mt Etna and the Greek and Roman antiquities. It all worked so well because of the qualities of both the leader and the co-leader, who both worked very hard. I learned a lot and enjoyed it so much because of their patience, good humour and sense of fun.
Excellent leadership from Dave and Luca not only for their great and varied wildlife knowledge but in ensuring that all members of the group were able to see each bird, butterfly, reptile etc. - often requiring considerable patience!
Great accommodation in a marvellous setting of vineyards and citrus plantations. Ideal to pre-breakfast and pre-pre-breakfast walks.