Despite having the highest concentration of people within the island’s three regions, Central Evia is a popular area for bird watching and is also home to two important habitats for both migratory and non-migratory birds in the area.
The Dirfys Mountain range located roughly 30 klm. North of Halkida (Chalkis) is an area of stark beauty made up of thick forests, sheer cliffs and winding rivers. This is where the adorable Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia) has its breeding ground along with several other large raptors such as falcons and buzzards.
Another extremely important place with high ornithological activity is Lake Dystos, which lays 45 klm. South of Halkida. The natural freshwater lake is of great significance since it’s a major heron breeding site. Unfortunately in recent years, the lake has lost large amounts of its water due to agricultural use and is in danger of being completely drained. Aside from several heron species, the lake also supports a wide range of birds which make the lake their year-round home.
Some examples to look out for are the Sardinian and Subalpine warbler (Sylvia melanocephala, Sylvia cantillans) along with the Olive Tree warbler (Hippolais olivetorum) and Ruepell’s warbler (Sylvia ruepelli). Cretzschmar’s and Black-headed buntings (Emberiza caesia, Emberiza melanocephala) are commonly seen throughout the lake area. The Rock partridge( Alectoris graeca), Western rocknuthatch (Sitta neumayer) Little bittern (Ixobrychus minutes) Ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca) and Black-eared wheatear (Oenanthe ispanica) are other examples of birds you may see around Lake Dystos.
Download the new Mount Dirfys hiking/adventure app!
At an elevation of 1743 meters (5720 feet), the volcano-like Mount Dirfys in the heart of Evia will amaze adventure seekers and hikers. Download the Mt. Dirfys topoGuide here, complete with 13 hiking routes, 2 MTB routes, 2 marathon race routes and an SUV tour. Easy and moderate trails available, including challenging mountain ascents over a total length of 70 km (43 miles). The detailed offline maps, in-depth information, pop-up photos and points of interest were compiled in 2016.