Vasilias Nikoklis Inn

Bird Watching

If you are interested  in Cyprus bird watching  then you are in the right place.

For nature lovers and especially for bird watchers, Vasilias Nikoklis Inn constitutes an ideal place due to its location, upon the valley of river Diarizos.

At the valley of the river, as well as at the adjacent dam of Asprokremnos, one can admire a large number of birds. The area is an unspoiled paradise for bird watching at any time, but particularly during the migration season. Francolins, kestrels, vultures, hoopoes, beeaters, warblers and kingfishers are often to be seen in the valley.

Every spring the Inn welcomes it’s very special guests the swallows that spend their holidays in nests found in the bar and dining room and the very famous Scops Owl that nests at the back of the Inn between huge eucalyptus trees.

Following are some bird lists and comments  prepared by guests that stayed at Vasilias Nikoklis. If you wish to add your own bird list or comments please feel free to contact us.

Article by Kathleen Rosewarne and Ian Burton

Wildlife at the Vasilias Nikoklis Inn

The inn sits in a very quiet and peaceful setting in the Dharizos valley, north of the small village of Nikoklia, close to Paphos Airport.

We have stayed here now for 4 spring holidays and each time seen a great selection of birds and other wildlife around the hotel.

The area around the inn is well vegetated, and the inn has its own garden too. This has attracted collared flycatcher, great reed warbler, icterine warbler, ortolan and Cretzchmar’s buntings, hawfinch, redstart, wryneck, hoopoe, as well as common warblers. Depending on migration conditions, half an hour sitting on your room balcony can be very rewarding. For example, we’ve seen Eleonora’s falcon, alpine swifts, red-rumped swallows, bee-eaters, and various waders this way. You can hear stone-curlews calling from the river bed day and night, and black francolins call from the fields next to the hotel. There are resident scops owls, and barn owl and little owl can be heard most evenings. We’ve also once heard long-eared owl. In the valley below, we’ve seen Orphean warbler, Cyprus pied wheatear and Cyprus warbler.

If you are interested in moths, a walk round the hotel lights can be fun. We found it so much so that we now take an actinic trap, which we run on our room balcony. This spring this attracted both Oleander and Levant Hawk Moth. In the past we’ve seen Striped Hawk Moth and a good selection of other species that only appear in the UK as rare migrants. The lights also attract geckos and mantis, depending on the time of visit.

The nearby orange and lemon groves add a delightful fragrance (and are great for birds too)