x Orchids, fritillaries, other rare flower varieties
x Migratory birds on island estuaries, raptors
x Boat trip around island to see monk seals, sea birds
Kythnos Hiking (www.kythnoshiking.com), the organiser of walking tours on the Greek island, is launching nature tours in traditional villages, across wild countryside, to historic sites, and sandy beaches to discover flower, bird and mammal species.
The end March/April tours will be led by Greek naturalist David Koutsogiannopoulos (founder of www.naturagraeca.com) who wrote Kythnos Island a Nature Guide, which gives a month-by-month calendar of 500 species found on the island.
David knows where to find rare orchids and fritillary flowers across the island as well as when to see migratory birds such as heron varieties, the glossy ibis, and a series of birds of prey such as Elonora's Falcon, Bonelli's Eagle and buzzards.
Included in the tour is a boat trip around the island, weather permitting, to spot sea birds nesting on the rocky coastline and monk seals and their young in caves near the sea.
Unlike our usual weekly hikes of up to 14 km a day, the nature tours in the Naturetrek-style will involve more limited walking and minibus transfers to find natural species and allow time for guests to identify the species they seek and to take photographs.
A detailed programme with several photo slideshows can be found on the Kythnos Hiking website (click here) under the Tours & Guides section along with booking and payment details.
We are programming the tours on the weeks starting Monday 30 March and Monday 6 April, ideal for watching migratory birds on their brief stopover and the blooming period for flowers.