National Park of Ainos
Amvrakikos Gulf

Information Centers and Watch Towers in the Amvrakikos Gulf area

Contracting Authority: Company of Amvrakikos development
Contractor: OIKOS Ltd
Amvrakikos Gulf: GR2110001, GR2110004

1. Strongili Watch Tower
End of project: 2002

A small watch tower on the top of the hill, a point with a panoramic view of the endless Rodia Marsh, a small information centre covering the plants and birds which live in the marsh. A beautiful, small walk from the neighboring village of Strongili.

2. Natural History Museum in Koprena
End of project: 2001

Which is the role of birds and other animals in the wetland? The museum presents the ad-aptations and peculiarities which allow each species to find its place in Amvrakikos. What is that, which characterizes a bird? What is the role of birds in legend, in art, in our diet? What can birds offer us and what can we do for them?

3. Lighthouse Museum
End of project: 2001

Completed with the support of the Lighthouse Service, the museum describes the evolution of lighthouses from the fires lit by the ancient Greeks to the modern automatic buoys. Do the lighthouses function with oil, with petroleum, with acetylene or with electricity? Why the old lighthouses needed winding? What was the life of a lighthouse keeper like?

4. Centre of Environmental Education in Koprena
End of project: 2001

What does someone need in order to become a natural philosopher? How can he search for birds in the countryside and how can he recognize them? A spacious hall provides room and ideas for activities for groups of children which have come in contact for the first time with the wealth of nature of Amvrakikos. A simulated watch tower shows children the joys and difficulties of birdwatching.

5. Salaora Information Centre
End of project: 2001
Why Amvrakikos is so special? This centre offers a comprehensive introduction to the geomorphology, plants, animals and main monuments of Amvrakikos. It also presents the Dalmatian Pelican, one of the largest and rarest of European birds. How big are its feath-ers? How does it behave in its family? Did you know that the sac on its throat can hold 13 liters of water?

6. Children's Lab for Nature
End of project: 2001
It isn't an information centre, but rather a real laboratory where groups of children can famil-iarize themselves with the ecological functions and the various ways in which plants and animals interact with their environment.