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It’s a misconception probably shared by birders from other European countries who flock to the island for each spring and autumn migration.
Only those in the know seem to choose Molivos – or Mithimna to give it its historic name – as their base.
Well, in my humble opinion as an avid birdwatcher, it’s about time someone banished this myth about Mithimna.
When it comes to finding a perfect place to combine birdwatching with walking in spectacular, hilly scenery, having a massive choice of eating places and history around every corner, then Molivos is the place to be
Is there any nicer place in the whole world to round off a day’s birding than with a meal on Molivos harbour side, watchingdolphins and diving terns in the fading light?
Skala Kalloni with its salt pans is only a 40 minutes drive away.
Even among the narrow streets and alleyways of the old town, there are birds to be seen and heard. You just have to look and listen.
Swallows nest under almost every canopy and overhang of buildings. Most years, for instance, they successfully rear young on top of an ornamental coach lantern under the canopy of The Captain’s Table restaurant on the harbour.
As darkness falls, the monotonous call of the Scops owl can be heard around the town squares and among the eucalyptus trees alongside the school.
The sound is reminiscent of the slow “peeps” of the Greenwich time signal.
Molivos is a place where it is usual to spot the unusual.
Floodlights which illuminate the castle are a magnet to moths and other flying insects. So birds such as nightjars and little owls are quick to take advantage of the ready meals.
Last year, barn owls, little owls and kestrels all nested within a few yards of each other in stone crevices near the castle’s main entrance.
Keep an eye on the sea, too. Some years, thousands of
Mediterranean shearwaters can be seen in the huge bay between the harbour and the Kavaki headland. At times there are so many it looks like a giant oil slick.
The headland itself, near the “disco on stilts”, is known as one of the best places in Europe to see the very rare Ruppell’s Warbler.
Inland, the reservoir off the Vafios road is a good place to see Eleanora’s falcons hunting for dragon flies. Many other birds can also be “ticked” here.
In our 16 years of holidays in Molivos – sometimes twice a year – my wife Sheila and I always see at least 120 species.
Really keen birdwatchers can expect many more than that.
FRANK WOOD, press officer for the Bolton area of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in North West England.
I first came to the island as a child and explored Lesvos with my father who was a great storyteller and made history come alive for us children.Later after my education in publishing and sports I came back to the magic island and have lived on Lesvos ever since.
I love nature and this is something for which this island is renowned.
Lesvos surprises with a varying many-faceted Mediterranean landscape.
Rich in flora and fauna, silvery olive groves, green pine woods and wild volcanic scenery.
Lesvos with its great scenery and stunning views combines the natural worlds of the east and west – Asia and Europe.
For nearly ten years now I have organized and led individual walks on this fascinating island.
I enjoy leading people through uncharted terrain, making it safe and enjoyable for all of us, usually in small groups.
My walks are tailor-made to the needs and wishes of the participants.Long walks, short walks, cultural and historical walks, adventure walks, romantic walks and sooo many more, all over the island.
After spending the day in the natural world and experiencing the special atmosphere of this island we all, by the end of the day, have made new friends.
On our hikes through the countryside we dicover picturesque villages, fabulous views, hidden monasteries, and ruins of bygone eras. The routes take us along donkey tracks, old pilgrim trails and long forgotten stony mountain paths, sometimes crossing streams, scrambling over boulders, fences and hedges. On the way we meet up with donkeys, sheep and goats, perhaps a falcon, buzzard or jay even a tortoise or salamander. One memorable time in early springtime I was accompanied by an eagle up in the air . It gave my a very special feeling.
We sometimes take a midday break at a rural taverna, with scenic views or directly overlooking the Aegean, we may also enjoy a picnic straight out of our backpacks somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the silence of the mountains or with the sound of the sea.
You may also like to know more specific details about the flora and fauna of the island, as well as history, and information about contemporary Greek life, You can find me at: www.wandern-auf-lesvos.de or mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you a lot of fun exploring this fascinating Island, see you in Lesvos