Antikithera is a small island roughly 10kms by 3kms and lies midway, south of the Peloponnese between Kithera and Western Crete.
Being part of the Natura 2000 project the whole island is a Special Protected Area for birds.
Antikithera has a population of around fifty and only a few motor vehicles, it is a very quiet island with one Taverna and a twice weekly ferry, April to September and weekly from October to March, weather permitting ! There is no airfield on the island and the harbour is an exposed north facing one… any bad weather from a northerly direction could mean an enforced stay of another week.
In the centre of the island lies Antikithera Bird Observatory [ABO] an old converted school that accommodates eight personnel both Greek and foreign national volunteers and is run by the Greek Ornithological Society [HOS]. New guest accommodation should be ready for 2008 and looked to be near completion when I left the island.
Projects are Bird ringing, Raptor migration and the
protection and monitoring of Eleonora’s Falcon -Falco Eleonorae.
These take place in spring and late summer/Autumn. Antikithera has
80% of the world population of Eleonora’s breeding there and is a
major migration route between Europe and Africa.
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