Cyprus - spring wildlife on Aphrodite's island
We first visited Cyprus way back in 1991 and always look forward to returning to Aphrodite’s island.
The wildlife of Cyprus has elements from both Europe and Asia, with familiar western species alongside eastern specialities such as Turban Buttercup and Persian Cyclamen, Black Francolin and Starred Agama, while it has been isolated long enough to also support its own range of endemic plants, birds, reptiles and butterflies.
March is the best month to enjoy the island’s wild flowers, particularly the orchids, with just a handful of late- and early-flowering species being missed. There will also be a good selection of other flowers to enjoy, from colourful bulbs and herbaceous species to attractive shrubs, including endemics from various families. Whilst paying plenty of attention to the wonderful wild flowers, we won’t be missing out the other wildlife this island has to offer.
Our base is a pleasant family-run hotel on the coast on the Akamas Peninsula not far from Polis, looking out over Chrysochou Bay. From here, we will explore the surrounding hillsides, fields and meadows in search of wild flowers, early spring butterflies and migrant birds which should be passing through in good numbers and variety at this time of year. Various warblers, flycatchers, wheatears, larks and buntings could all be seen during the week, along with local specialities including both Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Wheatear, endemic to the island.
During our visit we will learn about the conservation challenged facing the island, and the work of BirdLife Cyprus. Cyprus has a rich history, and we will spend time at a variety of historical sites including the World Heritage archaeology of the Paphos peninsula.
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