Up to now the Wetlands at Skala Kallonis are defined as
the one Important Bird Area on Lesvos, by the Hellenic
Ornithological Society, who is very slow to recognise the
importance of other Wetlands in Lesvos in terms of
However the noticeable environmental changes that have
taken place at the Wetlands at Skala Kallonis in resent
years have acted as a warning bell on many who genuinely
care for the environment of the whole island. This led to
the launch of a truly naturalist Project in April 2004.
The ALYKOUDI POOL LESVOS NATURE RESERVE (APLNaR).
For those that are not familiar with Alykoudi Pool, at
Skamnioudi in the Municipality of Polichnitos, we can’t
say that we are surprised, since it has been marked in the
wrong place in the maps of the only BIRDING IN LESVOS
book and also it is not recorded in the Road Editions
Many birdwatchers who heard about it have been trying to
find it, but they have been mostly getting lost. We are
taking steps to correct the later in a revised edition of
the map, which is estimated to be available in late 2005
at the earliest. As for the former…….there is nothing much
we can do about that error.
BUT ALYKOUDI POOL IS THERE AND WORTH CHECKING OUT,
SO ASK US FOR DIRECTIONS!
The objectives of APLNaR are:
to educate the public about the importance of the local
area as a birdwatching destination
the protection of the environment in general
the protection of the immediate area of the Wetland from
indiscriminate and damaging vehicle access
the installation of observation hides in the periphery of
For every holiday booking with HIBISCUS TRAVEL, 25 Euro
will be donated to the APLNaR Fund. Public Donations are