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The Following Reports are available from the Ionian Islands, Greece:
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Mainland Greece
Ionian Islands: (Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakinthos)
Cyclades: (Naxos, Delphi, Santorini, Folegandros)
Dodecanese Islands: (Samos, Kos, Rhodes)
Northern Aegean: (Thasos)


Corfu 2nd – 9th May 2003

  • To sum up Corfu is a beautiful island with fields full of wild flowers, which attracts plenty of butterflies and dragonflies. We may not have had a huge species list, possibly because of the heat, but there are a huge numbers of common birds...Kevin and Susan Boyd report.

Corfu 8th - 23rd May 2000

  • We were based in Paleokastritsa and hired a car for 10 days, we tried to visit the Plains of Ropa at least twice a day, usually first thing in the morning and last thing at night......Gary Lewis reports

Corfu Oct '99

  • When I booked the holiday it was a late availability and I didn't know where we were going on the island...... One thing that stands out was the reluctance of nearly all birds to show themselves, probably for fear of being shot at!.. John Jennings still manages to see 89 species in his week long stay.


Kefalonia 7th-14th May 2006

  • Kefalonia is the most beautiful of Greek Islands and the scenery certainly makes up for the lack of birds.  We travelled out to Kefalonia with Thomas Cook on the early morning flight from Manchester Airport....Kevin and Susan Boyd report

Kefalonia 29th Sept - 6th October 2005

  • We explored most of the island and although we had some storms the rain fell mainly at night. The island is extremely attractive but the birding at this time of the year was not easy. There are only two areas of wetland.....John and Sue Roberts report.

Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece, 27th May-10th June 2004

  • Kefalonia is on the whole a beautiful mountainous island (much more attractive than Lesvos for instance), and away from the capital Argostoli and the other main towns such as Sami and Poros and resorts the roads are generally very quiet, although this may be different in the main holiday season...John Armstrong reports.

Kefalonia 3rd - 17th of May 1998

  • John Jennings visited Kefalonia between the 3rd - 17th of May 1998. The following report details the sites visited and the birds seen at each of the sites.


Zakynthos 20th to 27th June 2004

  • In general, it can be said that birdlife on the island is somewhat sparse compared to other areas of Greece (e.g. Lesbos) with the western locality eliminating several species that can be found further east. Highlights included Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Grey Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-headed Bunting, Eastern Orphean Warbler and opportunities to study Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (present in good numbers) and Scopoli's Shearwater...Richard Bonser reports








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Some Useful bird books for the Ionian Islands, Greece:
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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Birding on the Greek Island of Lesvos
Richard Brooks: Buy from or

  • I found this book invaluable on my visit.....The systematic list is comprehensive, listing every bird recorded on Lesvos together with detailed information on status, distribution, and occurence. The book contains a useful index to the bird species, and contains some stunning photographs taken by the author to wet the appetite.

Recommended travel books for Greece

The Rough Guide to Greek Islands
Mark Ellingham, et al: Buy from or

  • A thoroughly functional guide to the Greek Islands. There is a small section on the natural history of the Greek Islands included

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Greek Islands:
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  • This quide is not only stunningly beautiful but full of general info as well: along with the Rough Guide, DK's is absolutely essential. No other guide has so much to show you - visually. It seems incredible that so many finely rendered photographs have been included - but they have! This book is a triumph over mediocrity: it bristles with colour and light and we can only get lost in the splendour of it all.

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