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Dadia Forest National Park

Overview

Thrace, northeast Greece. Area of forested hills and rocky outcrops interspersed with streams, small rivers and small areas of agricultural fields. Must be No.1 area in Europe for raptors, along with its proximity with the Evros Delta makes this area outstanding. See www.birdwing.eu for recent information about birds here and related links.

Birds

Overview

Eurasian Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, and Egyptian Vulture. Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle and White-tailed Eagle. Long-legged Buzzard, Common Buzzard and European Honey Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Hobby and Red-footed Falcon. Black Kite, Common Kestrel etc. woodpeckers, Cirl Bunting, Hawfinch, Sombre Tit, warblers and many more.

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Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Approximately 50 km. northeast of Alexandroupoli. Turn left before the town of Soufli.

Contact Details

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External Links

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Reviews

David Prior's review

The reserve is excellent for viewing raptor species, however it must be said that sometimes the list of raptor species is 'over exaggerated' in many books.

Take for example the Imperial Eagle. This bird used to breed on the reserve back in the eighties. At current it does not. However, I was there this summer and there were reports of two juvenile birds on the reserve, and it is expected soon that they will breed.

Also to be born in mind is that many species, such as Greater Spotted Eagle are only winter visitors. So, in truth the species listed do all occur within the reserve, but many at different times of the year and many in small numbers. Hence, with a few visits to the reserve during summer, winter and spring it is possible to record all of the species above.

I have found that during summer visits that Booted, Short toed and Lesser Spotted Eagle are common, Long Legged & Honey Buzzards frequent here and there, Lanners fairly scarce but present, Golden Eagles rare, Black and Egyptian Vultures common, Griffon vultures less numerous. Pros

  • Raptors are plentiful
  • the area is beautiful.

Cons

  • None of any note

'Content and images originally posted by royc

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