Birdwatching in Magnesia and Pelion

The wetland of Sourpi, some 55 km southwest of Volos is a protected area designated under the Ramsar treaty. Willows, plane trees and pines spread around the salty marshes of the area, where nightingales, herons and other kinds of birds spend their winter.


There are interesting and fascinating bird species on Mount Pelion, including the Honey Buzzard (Pernis Apivorus), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus Gallicus), Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus Pennatus), and the Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos Medius). In addition, you could spot an Egyptian Vulture (Neophron Pencnopterus), Long-legged buzzard (Buteo Rufinus), Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos), Eleonora's Falcon (Falco Elenorae), Woodpecker (Dendrocopos Leucotos) and Semi-collared flycatcher (Ficedula Sermitorquata), among others.

The Marsh of the Bay Sourpi and Kouri of Almyros
Near Almyros, the coastal wetland over 1100 hectares has with reeds, bushes, willows, and a forest of plane trees by the river and a mixed oak forest. This combined marshy and marine environment is supplied with fresh water from a well and a stream while the seawater that enters the marsh renders the water salty. Rare species of migratory and non-migratory birds spend their winter, including swans, herons, etc. Some reproductive species include the Bittern, Little Bittern and Rufous Bush Robin.

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