An introduction to two of Europe’s richest wetlands; home to Dalmatian pelicans, Apollo’s butterflies and fallen empires.

In an area the size of Norfolk, these unknown lakes and mountains are home to more than 200 species of bird, 170 species of butterfly and 1,800 species of plant.

 Mark Cocker introduces us to Ramsar lakes and wetlands that are breeding grounds to White pelican and the world’s largest breeding colony of Dalmatian pelican. The pelicans number in their thousands, and by late spring the skies are full of these giants, circling in the thermals. Pygmy cormorants and Ferruginous duck can be seen all year round, sharing the waters in spring and winter with Red-crested pochard, Glossy ibis and seven heron species. Away from the water, the scrublands and mountains are home to Rock nuthatch, Black-headed bunting, Barred warbler and Short-toed eagle.

Man has lived here for centuries too, through the rise and fall of various empires. The mountains are dotted with monasteries and mosques, and the ruins of Roman cities and wartime battlements. And man, through traditional farming, has played an essential role in shaping the habitats that make this region one of Europe’s natural hotspots.

The talk will be followed by Greek and Macedonian wine tasting on the Balkan Tracks stand at M2 / 56

Date(s) - 20/08/2017
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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