Wetlands Photos

We would like to thank our guests for the amazing photos from the Sani Wetlands.


Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)


Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)


Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)


Turtle (Mauremys rivulata)



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21 May 2015 – #natura2000day

To celebrate Natura 2000 day, more than 200 children from Nea Potidea and Polychrono elementary schools, along with the Deutsche School of Thessaloniki, visited the Sani wetlands. Our little friends had the opportunity to learn about ecosystems, watch the rare and beautiful birds on Sani’s lakes, and get involved in  environmental activities.

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16-17-18-21 October 2014

Sani Resort within the Sani Green program organized special events that lasted 4 days, in cooperation with with the Hellenic Ornithological Society and Action for the Wildlife, on the occasion of the international celebration Eurobirdwatch. In favour of the protection and the sustainability of the Sani Wetlands, the events took place on  Thursday 16th and Friday 17th for the Elementary school of Nea Fokea, Saturday 18th for the guests of the resort and Tuesday 21st for the Elementary school of Afytos. The events incuded guided tours and bird watching, environmental education activities, wildlife photography exhibition.   More than 300 people took part on this four-day celebration. Children as expected, enjoyed everything more and learnt a lot about bird life and their habits through games and handicrafts. Bird-masks and mini paper binoculars were some of the things that the kids so happily created!

The birds that were spotted during the bird watching activities are the following:

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Teals (Anas crecca)

Pochards (Aythya ferina)

Shovellers (Anas clypeata)

Pintails (Anas acuta)

Wigeons (Anas penelope)

Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus)

Little egrets (Egretta garzetta)

Grey Herons (Ardea cinarea)

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Chris Serafeimidis

Sani Resort Eco Guide

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18 August 2014

Migration is at its peak at the Sani Wetlands!

If anyone goes to the Sani Wetlands, he will have the chance to see Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), more than 200 Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus), Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax), Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia), and Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus) among other waders that are gathering together, getting ready for their long migration journey back to Africa.

Also, the Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) have started their journey and you might see them around the bushes picking up insects such as bees.

Chris Serafeimidis, Sani Resort Eco Guide
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28 July 2014

After the measurements that took place by the Hellenic Ornithological Society/Birdlife Greece, we found out that we are very lucky to have 270 Black-Winged Stilts visiting the wetkands of Sani! These small,black and white summer visitors can be seen both in lake Gerani and lake Stavronikitas. The star of our new fairytail “Hermes the Black-Winged Stilt” are one of the most important birds of this unique eco system!

Black-Winged Stilts flying Himantopus himantopus

Chris Serafeimidis, Sani Resort Eco-Guide

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30 June 2014

The Hellenic Ornithological Society/Birdlife Greece now have a permanent home at the Sani Marina, between the k-books bookstore and the Toms store.

Visitors to the marina are invited to come by the Birdlife Greece stand and learn more about birds, the Sani wetlands and the eco-activities on offer at Sani Resort, hear bird calls through the solar-powered audio system, as well as buy unique souvenirs in support of bird conservation in Greece. Children can also learn more about birds and their habitats through playing, as well as engage with arts and crafts games, creating bird masks.

The Birdlife Greece stand will be open every day except from Wednesdays, from 11:00-13:00 and 18:00-23:00.

Chris Serafeimidis, Sani Resort Eco-guide

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29 June 2014

Explore the new signs that have been posted on the Sani Wetlands area by our joint Sani-Birdlife International team. Through these, guests are informed about fascinating facts about the biodiversity of the area, the different habitats such as the pine forest and the sand dunes. Learn about the secret life of fallen trees and the fungi they provide shelter for or the Sardinian warbler- a frequent and friendly visitor to the wetlands. Make sure to wander around Mesonisi forest or walk to the wetlands and explore the new signs and let us know what you think.

Chris Serafeimidis, Sani Resort Eco-guide

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5 June 2014


Happy World Environment day!

During the Monitoring of the Sani wetlands birds in the framework of the Sani wetland Project, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/ BirdLife Greece team has observed babies of Shelducks (Tdorna tadorna), Mallards (Anas platyrynchos), Coots (Fullica atra) and several other wetland birds. It seems that every place around Sani wetlands has a happy family!

Also Gull-billed Turns (Sterna nilotica) are trying to make a nest for the first time in Sani wetlands. Let’s hope that the happy couple will make it!

In adition to these news, I was very happy to enjoy the company of a courageous Hare (Lepus europaeus) that was intrigued by my presence at the wetlands.

Christos Serafeimidis

Sani Resort Eco-guide

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13 May 2014


Celebrating the World Migratory Bird Day in the Sani Wetlands (11 May 2014)

The WMBD was celebrated in the Natura 2000 protected area of Sani wetlands with two special bird watching tours.

The tour gave to the participants the chance to see the most important habitats for the wildlife of the Sani wetland area, as well as many of its inhabitants, with the birds having the first role!

After passing the sand dunes and crossing the Pine forest, full of bird sounds (Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Great Tits, Flycatchers, Turtle Doves, Blackbirds, Sardinian Warblers, Shrikes and many more) we reached the freshwater lake Stavronikita in order to watch its migratory bird species with binoculars and telescopes. Little Egrets, Purple Herons, Squacco Herons, Coots, Shelducks, Pochards, Black-winged Stilts were present, along with Marsh Harriers, Kestrels and Buzzards. The most important observation of the day was eight Glossy Ibises flying upon the wetlands towards their rousting sites.

Bird migration in the Sani wetlands is a real celebration!

Christos Serafeimidis

Sani Resort Eco-guide

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10 February 2014

Promising is this winter at Sani wetlands with two new species for the area, one White-tailed Eagle and one Pallid Harrier.

Many waterfowls such as Mallards, Shelducks and Teals, White-fronted Geese, Spotted Eagles and many seabirds such as Black-throated Loons and Great Crested Grebes make the scene of winter at the Sani wetlands really picturesque!


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