spring clothes bare branches with leaves and
blossom, it is time to take a break from daily
life and do something different. Thirty kilometres
from Izmir is a wildlife paradise with a unique
ecosystem that is home to tens of thousands
of water birds and plants: Izmir Bird Sanctuary.
Altogether 250 species of birds, both native
and migratory, are to be seen here, and in the
winter months the total bird population is 90,000,
making the sanctuary a wetland of importance
not only in Turkey but in the world.
At the sanctua'sce visitors centre there is
plenty to do before setting out. You can take
a tea break in the cafeteria, look through the
information brochures, go round the museum,
and watch birds through telescopes.
If you have the time and energy for long hikes
the best route is that through the hills and
marshes. Another road for vehicles allows you
to watch the birds from your car.