The area of Dipi comprises the second largest wetland of Lesvos, its largest swamp, and a reed bed of singular proportions in the entirety of the island. Dipi has been included in the EU Natura 2000 network: many rare plants, birds, insects, amphibians - and the increasingly elusive otter - live in the wetland of Dipi, an ecosystem of enormous importance to the fauna and flora of eastern Lesvos.
High on the must-visit list of any avid birdwatcher, Dipi joins the regions of Kalloni and Vatera in their provision of shelter to many bird species rarely to be encountered in Europe. Kruper’s Nuthatch, Ruddy Shelducks, Black Storks, shrikes, flamingos, kingfishers, harriers, buzzards, eagles, goshawks, cormorants, falcons and kestrels are attracted to the area, which is teeming with wildlife, amazingly beautiful flora and a variety of rare reptiles.
Dipi is a fabulous habitat for a wealth of rare species. Its marshes, swamp, wetland and reed bed are a haven for botanists, birdwatchers and lovers of nature, who flock to the area to admire Dipi’s population of migratory birds and discover a variety of rare amphibians, reptiles and plants such as the stunning Lax-flowered Orchid (Orchis laxiflora). If you are one of them, arm yourself with your sunhat, camera and binoculars and do come to Dipi - the sight of so much (and such rare) fauna and flora will be worth getting one’s feet wet!
The Bay of Gera is a shallow bay with a small mouth and numerous coastal lagoons, rivers, river estuaries and deltas, swamps, reedbeds and wetlands. The region of the Bay has been inhabited since early antiquity. Early Copper Age settlements and a large Myceanean village have been discovered in the coastal position of Khalatses, and it is thought that a large number of settlements became established in the west coastal areas of Gera in the course of the Byzantine era. A wealth of ancient ruins are still in presence on the sea bed between the areas of Dipi and Perama, pointing to the former existence of a large, once thriving ancient settlement.