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Several herds of wild horses live in the meadows and islets of the Axios Delta?

They are the descendants of the horses that farmers abandoned in the area in the 1960’s, when tractors and machinery took their place in agricultural production. The horses found in the Delta a suitable place to live. They survived, thrived and bred, and learned how to live together with the rest of the wild animals […]

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The delta of the Aliakmonas river hosts one of the few pairs of the white-tailed sea eagle in Greece?

With wingspan of 190 – 240 cm and characteristic white tail on the mature birds, the sea eagle is the biggest eagle in Greece and in Europe. It can be seen quite often in the wetland of Nea Agathoupoli during winter, as it feeds mainly on waders, but also on mammals, fish and even carrion. […]

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One of the last stocks of water buffalos in Greece lives at the estuary of the Gallikos river?

By the end of the 90’s breeding buffalow had been abandoned and these animals were facing extinction. After their inclusion in a preservation programme, as a rare species of agricultural animals, their population started to grow. Water buffalos cannot stand exposure to sunlight, and this is why they spend a large part of their day in the […]

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Flamingos owe the striking pink color of their wings to their diet?

Their diet basically consists of microscopic red crustaceans which live at the bottom of the lagoons and the salt pans. Flamingos can be seen in the Axios Delta National Park year round, but the largest populations –more than 1.700 birds- can be observed during winter in the Alyki Kitrous Lagoon. Flamingos are observed in Greek […]

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The mixed colony of egrets in the Axios river is one of the three largest colonies in Greece?

It is estimated that this mixed colony receives each year more than 2,000 pairs of little egrets, night herons, squaccos, as well as cormorants, pygmy cormorants, spoonbills and glossy ibises, while in 2015 the number of nests reached 2.826!

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One sq.m. of water surface produces up to 10,000 larvas of mosquitoes?

Annoying mosquitoes are however a necessary evil for this region, as the existence of still water for long periods of time in the vast rice-fields, as well as in the natural wetlands, creates ideal conditions for their development and multiplication. If you are in the protected area on a summer evening, it should be best […]

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Dalmatian pelicans fish in an organised fashion?

When in shallow water, they form a circle and, hitting their huge wings on the water, they try to scare the fish and drive them towards the surface, where they can collect them using their pouch. However, when moving in deeper waters, they need the cooperation of the cormorants, which, being excellent swimmers, chase the […]

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