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Europe, Greece


Famed for its raptors, this gorge is situated a few km north of Alexandroupolis in northeastern Greece and within easy reach of the Evros Delta. A rugged ravine with steep rock faces and riverine woodland.


Notable Species

This area has three species of breeding vulture, four eagles and three buzzards, as well as Black Kite, Lesser Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon. Migrant Levant Sparrowhawk pass through the gorge in large numbers. In addition the area has Eurasian Eagle Owl and European Roller, southeastern European specialities such as Sombre Tit, Masked Shrike and Isabelline Wheatear and typical rocky mountain birds such as Western Rock Nuthatch, Blue Rock Thrush and Eurasian Crag Martin. The immediate area around the gorge is overestimated for raptors. See www.birdwing.eu for more information.


Birds you can see here include:

European Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk (mainly Sp), Common Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Eurasian Eagle Owl, European Roller, Eurasian Crag Martin, Common Dipper, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Isabelline Wheatear, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Olive-tree Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, Sombre Tit, Western Rock Nuthatch, Masked Shrike

Other Wildlife

Like the nearby Dadia-Soufli Forest and Evros Delta, this area has a high number of reptile and amphibian species.

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Access and Facilities

From Alexandroupolis take the road north to Avandas. Accommodation can be found in Alexandroupolis and other nearby coastal towns.

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Content and images originally posted by Steve