Greece bird watching holiday, Lake Kerkini

“Experience Lake Kerkini’s spectacular birdlife in the company of an experienced guide and a small group of fellow enthusiasts.”

Highlights

Three full days bird watching with an expert guide | Presentation about birds and local wildlife | Boat trip on Lake Kerkini | Viewing pelican colony

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
This trip is all about observing nature! It proves that tourism can be a significantly important tool for conservation, by respecting wildlife and biodiversity in every possible way!

Specifically:

* Wildlife species are not harvested, consumed, displayed, sold, or traded.

* No wildlife is held captive.

* The trip supports and contributes to biodiversity conservation, including natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value.

* Interactions with wildlife, taking into account cumulative impacts, do not produce adverse effects on the viability and behaviour of populations in the wild. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized.

* Information about and interpretation of the natural surroundings is provided to travellers, as well as explaining appropriate behaviour while visiting natural areas. In order to keep our environmental impact as low as possible we use group transportation (minibus & boat) and walk as much as possible.

This is a trip to Kerkini Lake, a Nature 2000 area, wetland under RAMSAR convention and Important Bird Area. Unlike many other protected areas in Greece Kerkini Lake and surroundings is protected in an adequate manner and illegal activities that harm the environment are limited. This has to do with the fact that recently it became more popular as an eco-destination. Locals respect the wildlife and understand it brings in money.
- Minimal use of car to bird sites, no long distances
- No internal flights
- Family-run guesthouse, using local products and supporting the local economy
- Walking between bird sites and to dinner sites
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We are 100% local and a Greek based tour operator, thus preventing "leakage" from the local economy. One of our core values is to celebrate a diversity of place & culture whilst delivering you rich and authentic experiences at an affordable price.

You will visit an area that is hardly touched by tourism and thus offer you authentic experiences such as local traditional cuisine and local traditional architecture. We support the community in the following ways:

* Information about and interpretation of the local culture, and cultural heritage is provided to travellers.

* Local services and goods are purchased and offered, following fair-trade principles.

* Your expert bird guide is a local, from North Greece.

* Supporting local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history and culture (including food and beverages, crafts, performance arts, agricultural products, etc.).

* Purchasing policies favour locally appropriate and ecologically sustainable products, including, food, beverages and consumables.

* Use of small family-run accommodation.

Climate

4 Reviews of Greece bird watching holiday, Lake Kerkini

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Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019 by

There were so many excellent memories, but overall it was the chance to explore so many aspects of Northern Greece, from the coast to the mountains to the lakes, with a hugely knowledgable and enthusiastic guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 May 2019 by

The boat ride on lake Kerkini was particularly exciting as we got close-up views of birds in their nesting environment. As avid birders, we were pleased with the varied species observed, and with our guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2018 by

The boat trip on Lake Kerkini was wonderful and provided great views of the thousands of birds there. Also a number of unexpected moments as our guide found unusual birds like Spur Winged Lapwing, Stone Curlew and Penduline Tits. A memorable few days - didn't want to come home. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2016 by

The trip as a whole was memorable: well organized and all the expectations were met! Travelling around the lake with the good guide and the nice boat trip to check out the pelicans was an exciting experience Read full review

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