Nature in Crete

Crete is isolated, which is reflected strongly in the genetic diversity of the island. There are more than 412 species of birds having been observed and Crete hosts the last couples of bearded vulture in the Balkans. In proportion to the size of the island it hosts one of the largest plant species in the world ,almost the same number of plants contained in Great Britain’s which is 40 times greater in extent. So far about 1800 species have been registered and more than 200 species of plants of Crete are edible or used as herbs.