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Polichnitos Salt Pans

To reach Polichnitos Salt Pans, head east out of Kalloni towards Mytilini as far as the turn towards Derbyshire and Achladeri. Take this turn and continue past Achladeri, signposted to Agiasos. On reaching a large "T" junction turn right towards Vasilika and Polichnitos. Continue to the outskirts of Polichnitos. As you enter the town take the first right signposted to Skala Polichnitou. This road is not easy to find as the sign is in Greek only. Take this road as far as Skala Polichnitou, drive through the village along the sea front until the salt pans become visible. Take the right hand fork at the end of the village. This track will take you along the whole length of the pans.

Polichnitos Salt Pans


These salt pans are much smaller than those at Kalloni and as a consequence are easier to view. A scope still makes for easier viewing. On our visit each of the salt pans held a different variety of birds dependant upon the water level and the available mud. Each of these areas are numbered on the map below, with descriptions and bird sightings given further down the page.

Polichnitos Salt Pans

1. Whilst driving towards the pans check out the shallow water in the bay for gulls. Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull and Yellow-legged Gulls were all seen in the bay.
2. At this point many more gulls were seen loafing and preening, including immature and adult Slender-billed Gull. Redshank and a pair of Black-winged Stilt were feeding on the mud to the rear of the pan. Two Gull-billed Terns appeared briefly amongst the gulls in the air here and a single Sandwich Tern was seen on the ground.
3. In the first two salt pans were numerous Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper and a Black-tailed Godwit. In front of the pans on the open salt marsh were groups of Plover including at least 30 Kentish Plover.
4. Large areas of exposed mud attracted a good number of small waders including Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin and Little Stint to this area.
5. At this point the track is close to the pans and good views of Little Egret, Grey Heron, White and Black Stork were possible.
6. This area was particularly good for larger wading birds including Great White Egret and Spotted Redshank. The high fence along the edge of the road at this point obscured viewing a little but perched on it were Red-backed Shrike, several Wheatears, Crested Lark and Corn Bunting.
7. In the fields adjacent to the pans we saw Hoopoe and Buzzard. The fields further along the road towards the small pool were very quiet with little to be seen.

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