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Adventures to be had in Greece

One of the main reasons to visit Greece is undoubtedly the vast culture, beautiful scenery and warm weather, however the abundance of interesting wildlife that inhabits it is also an excellent reason to take a trip. While in the cities there are ancient ruins that give an insight into lives that were lived long ago, but in the wilder areas all around the country one can find large birds, seals, brown bears, wolves, butterflies, lizards, tortoises, and plenty of insects.  

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Athens and its widlife

A visit to Athens usually means a hike up the Acropolis and a tour around one of the most famous ancient landmarks in Europe, but it can also be an excellent chance to see some wildlife amongst the historic stones that once made up working temples. Tortoises can be spied in amongst the shrubbery surrounding the ruins, while lizards and spiders roam the collapsed walls. As this place of ancient worship is positioned high on a mountainous formation, looking up from the site can allow you to see some kites, hawks or eagles soaring in the skies above.

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Lake Kerkini and endangered bird spotting

If bird life amongst beautiful natural scenery is what really interests you, then Greece’s Lake Kerkini would be a good bet for a trip. The lake is situated in Northern Greece and is an artificial reserve first created in 1932, later redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was an extensive section of marshland. It is a premier birding site, situated along the migration route for birds on their way to the Balkan Region. Lake Kerkini hosts 227 different kinds of birds (such as the Purple Heron, Hoopoes, and Little Bitterns), 76 of which are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. As well as a large amount of birds, a buffalo herd is in the area and a wide array of amphibian and reptile species. Not only is it a stunning place for a walking holiday, the amount of wildlife that one would encounter is a huge bonus.

Image courtesy of Aanjhan Ranganathan

Island paradises

The Greek Islands are often described by visitors as a paradise; containing traditional life that hasn’t changed much in decades, beaches that look out over a clear blue sea, inner island greenery and mountainous terrain. Among these islands is a wide collection of wildlife that, in some cases, has remained relatively undisturbed for years. Corfu, Rhodes and Crete have often been widely documented as excellent places to see plenty of birds, insects and mammals, while also in the quieter parts of the islands, offering a chance to see an older way of Greek living.

Image courtesy of Frontier's Greece Sea Turtles Conservation project

Turtle Conservation

Frontier works on Greece’s Mediterranean coast to preserve turtle nesting sites and protect against decreasing population numbers of Loggerhead Turtles. Frontier’s beach camp in the Peloponnese area of Greece houses volunteers as they word recording nesting sites, tagging adult females, excavating nests and recording baby turtle tracks depending on season. The data collected by volunteers is then used to inform Greek national coast management plans as well as wider sea turtles conservation strategies. This amazing experience to be at the frontline of sea turtle conservation also gives volunteers the chance to take part in environmental education days in the area, helping raise awareness, educate and empower the local community to support conservation efforts in the area.

Find out more about Frontier’s project on the blog and on the website.

Visiting Greece is an opportunity to open yourself up learning more about ancient traditions and the history of philosophy, art and literature, to eat foods that you won’t have tried before, to sample drinks that are specific to the country (beware of Ouzo!), but also to see a large range of exciting and fascinating wildlife in an easily accessible place.

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