Samos is an island with many wetlands that host various birds that either spend the whole winter or just spend some days on the island during their journey to warmer countries. Moreover, others come here to find food, to reproduce, or even to hide from their natural enemies.
Where is the Alyki Wetland on Samos?
The wetland of Aliki is located in the eastern part of the island, opposite the coast of Asia Minor, and covers an area of 420 acres. Of these 350 acres correspond to the old salt pit and 70 are a natural swamp. It has been part of the NATURA 2000 network of protected areas since 1995 and has been recognized as a habitat by the Hellenic Center for Habitats and Wetlands.
Are there flamingos in the Wetland of Aliki in Samos?
Every year around November when the water level rises, the area gathers a large number of migratory birds such as flamingos, mallards, swans, and herons. According to experts, more than 150 species of birds find a winter shelter here while in summer the water evaporates and most of the birds leave.
Furthermore, the Wetland of Alyki hosts a series of rare species of flora and fauna, including the "sea lily", hedgehogs, ferrets, hares, jackals and snakes.