Messolonghi Lagoons

Birdwatching at Messolonghi lagoons, Central Greece


Broad-billed Sandpiper at Messolonghi Lagoons
Broad-billed Sandpiper at Messolonghi Lagoons

M(caps)essolongi Lagoons and it's surrounding wetlands are one of the most significant wetlands of Southern Europe. It includes a complex ecosystem of 33.687 hectares, located in western Central Greece. A very large lagoon, the Mesolongi lagoon (11.200 hectares) predominates in the central part of the wetland. The unique mosaic of smaller ponds and marshlands, together with larger lagoons, comprises an extensive area, home for more than 40.000 ducks in winter, massive flocks of waders, and 32 out of 38 european species of raptors.

Birding in Mesologi lagoons is truly an unforgettable lifetime experience for any birdwatcher.

Flamingos at Messolonghi Lagoons

All year breeding species

Dalmatian Pelican, Griffon Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret, Slender-billed Gull, Eagle Owl, Scops Owl, Zitting Cisticola

Spring and Summer

Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Short-toed Eagle, Collared Pratincole, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Short-toed Lark, Rufous Bush Chat, Black-headed Bunting, Cretzschmar's Bunting

Autumn
Red-necked Phalarope, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lesser Grey Shrike

Winter
Great Spotted Eagle, Black Stork, Great Sand Plover