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Must See in Greece: Antikythira

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  AntikythiraEither for scientific purposes or sheer fun, bird-watching can be intriguing and can renew one’s contact with nature. Assisted by the Hellenic Ornithological Society (www.ornithologiki.gr), the Antikythira Bird Observatory offers a chance for population monitoring of the large birds of prey (buzzards, harriers, eagles etc) that pass through the Peloponnese and Crete, but also for the study of small birds’ migration by direct observation or ringing. The island of Antikythira qualifies as an ideal site for the study of bird migration in Greece, being one of the few areas where one can so easily identify a great number of bird species. Birdwatching tours: http://www.greecebirdtours.gr; Birding in Greece: greekbirding.blogspot.com; Agrotravel.gr, Greece from a different and exciting perspective: Birds Sanctuaries; Kythira; Kythira Island: http://www.kythera.gr

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Bird watching in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     Enjoy bird watching tours in some of Greece’s 13 National Parks, 10 Ramsar Wetlands, 239 “Natura 2000” sites and 196 Bird Areas. If you want to extend your bird list and get pleasure from rare Mediteranean species, Mesologi Lagoons, an immense Ramsar Protected Area of 15.000 hectares, offer a unique birdwatching experience. Bird watching tours in Greece: www.greecebirdtours.gr; Hellenic Ornithological Society: www.ornithologiki.gr  

Greek Lake Districts

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Whilst Greece is mostly known for its wonderful seaside, it also has remarkable places near lakes. Start off in one of the most beautiful wetland areas in Europe: Prespes. Two lakes covering thousands of hectares and situated high up at an altitude of over 800 meters are a paradise for nature-lovers. Next stop Kastoria: a historic town, built on a peninsula in the beautiful lake Orestiada, surrounded by mountains, a different experience altogether! Further east stop in Edessa, to see the waterfall park in the middle of the town. Final destination: the Lake Kerkini, nestled between two separate mountain ranges, one of the few examples of a man-made intervention that has become a great ecological success. It now serves as a safe haven for 227 species of birds and is a paradise for bird-watchers.  Places to Stay: www.yourgreece.gr; More info on Greek lakes: www.visitgreece.gr