Akrotiri marsh (also known as Fassouri marsh/reedbed) is a unique natural wetland in Cyprus covering an area of 150 hectares. It is part of the of the Akrotiri wetland complex, the largest natural wetland complex of the island. The Akrotiri peninsula has a variety of different habitats: a large salt lake, reedbeds, marshes, dry open areas with scattered trees and lots of cover for migrating birds. Important breeding birds at Akrotiri marsh are Ferruginous Duck, Spur-winged Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Black Francolin and probable Little Bittern. In the greater surrounding areas of Akrotiri wetland you can als see birds like Long-legged Buzzard, European Goldfinch, European Marsh Harrier, Demoiselle Crane, European Honey-buzzard, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Sardinian Warbler, Cattle Egret, Common Kingfisher and Citrine Wagtail.
Akrotiri marsh is signposted. There is a tower hide at the start of the marsh and a second hide which you can see from the road as you drive along the edge of the marsh. Much of the marsh can be viewed from the road. The flooded meadow on the corner of the western edge of the marsh is a good place to stop and view.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Moors/heathland, Scattered trees and bushes, Desert
ConditionsFlat, Sandy, Hilly, Rocky, Dry, Dusty, High water possible
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitAutumn migration, Spring migration
RoutePaved road, Narrow trail, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byCar, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformYes