From rainy France to sunny west-central Spain From May 22 - June 1 2014, we tried our luck in the North-West of Spain. We are grateful to our Belgian colleague herper and friend Jeroen Speybroeck for allowing us to use his... more

North-East Turkey

From 25 May 25 to 3 June 2013 we visited northeastern Turkey. Target species were Kaznakov's viper, Caucasian salamander, Caucasian parsley frog and Baran viper (which we dipped). We drove from Trabzon airport to the east and back. We were amazed... more

South-West Turkey

  Merhaba! Benim Hobim kertenkele ve yilanlarin fotografini cekmek. Etrafa bakabilirmiyim? (hello, my hobby is to photograph lizards and snakes. Is it OK to walk around here?) Learning these words can be very important if you plan to herp in Turkey. People are friendly, but usually want... more


Menorca In August 2008, me, Arjan (AL) and my family (Alzira, Senna and Lara) spent two weeks on the Spanish island Menorca. Most of the time we behaved like typical tourists. Our main activities were swimming, relaxing, visiting attractive towns and eating... more

Northern Armenia and Georgia

  A trip report to the North of Armenia and a glimpse of Georgia, 1-10 June 2012   During this second visit of Armenia we concentrated on the north. To be completed by an adventurous flying visit to southern Georgia.... more


In 2005 and 2009 we have visited the regional park Lorraine with members of RAVON division Zuid-Holland (RAVON being the Dutch herpetological association). Once a year our division plans a trip abroad. Basecamp was set at the campground of St.... more


  beaujolais region The Beaujolais is a large area of terraced hills producing lighter, fruity red wines. The Beaujolais grape is the Gamay which, in contrast to other parts of Burgundy, thrives here on this granite soil of the four appellations of... more


On the distribution map of Aesculapian snake in Germany, the Schlangenbad area comes out as one of only a few insular populations in the country. Initially, the presence of such a large snake that close to the Dutch border lured us to... more


From June 5 till June 14 2011 we visited Montenegro. 'Crna Gora', as the people call it in their own language, which is very similar to Servian language. All these names mean the same: Black Mountain, referring to the mountains that... more

Short trips

Why short trips? In this section you will find reports of short trips. These include trips of a week or just a few days. They are not regarded as full trip reports, because the number of (herp) images of the area... more


In February 2011, me (Ben) and my family spent a week in the southern part of this island. Cyprus, being the third largest island in the Mediterranean, is located close to Turkey (75 km) in the north and Syria (105... more


Our home country, the Netherlands, is Europe's most densily populated nation, counting over 16 million inhabitants! Not that we're particularly proud of that. There's not much room for nature, there's no real silence and, for instance, it's almost impossible to find a place... more


From 23 to 31 May 2008 we visited Romania, after Bulgaria our second step in the eastern part of Europe. First of all we want to acknowledge the Romanian herpetologists Alex Strugariu and Iulian Gherghel for sharing their knowledge... more


Over the years, several klooiplek-members independently visited this beautiful island near the Turkish coast. Samos covers 476 km2 of, mainly, mountainous terrain. During the summer of 1987 a considerable part of the island's vegetation was destroyed by extensive fires. The marks of those... more

Peloponnese and Epirus

Almost every year members of Klooiplek visit Greece. Ronald and Ben started visiting Greece in the 1980s. With Ronald, Kosta (being 'half Greek' by birth) is probably the most frequent visitor of the country these days. Many interesting sites we describe here are discovered... more

Ardennes and Argonne

These two places are close to the Belgian Border, in the Ardennes region of France.... more


In July and August 2006, me (Ben) and my family ventured down under to spend five weeks in Western Australia (WA), the largest, driest, and emptiest (as for humans) part of this continent. Since our summer is the Australian winter,... more

Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

From friday 21 of May until monday 31 of May 2010 we visited Thrace. On the far edge of the European Union, Thrace is one of the least populated provinces of Greece. Only at the coast there are a few cities.... more

Central Armenia

From May 24 till the 2nd of June 2009 we visited Central Armenia. Or should we say Hayastan? because that’s the Armenian name for the country. Anyway, it is written in a unique alphabet that doesn't look like any other language. Can you imagine how... more


For over a decade the Viroinval municipality has been visited almost yearly by at least several of us. Viroinval is part of the southern Belgium province of Namur, and is located close to the French border. Being part of the limestone hills of... more


Every year from 2001 - 2007 at least one of us visited the lower part of the French Jura, close to the Swiss border. This area encompasses extensive forests, attractive lakes, some open stony areas and a number of interesting quarries.... more


Roughly half the size of Luxembourg, Lesbos (or Lesvos) is the third biggest island of Greece. It is a part of the Eastern Aegean Island complex and just 15 kilometers away from Turkey. Lesbos’ main economy: extensive farming (mainly olives), fishing... more


Family holidays brought two of us to northern Portugal. The coastal mountain range Serra de Arga was one of the destinations. The mountains overlook the valley of the river Minho, at the Spanish border. The most interesting part of the Serra is located round the... more


  From 19-28 May 2007 we visited Bulgaria. Unknown territory for all of us at the start. Not for Nikolay Tzankov, a herpetologist working at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, who was going to be our guide and fellow... more


Plateau of Millevaches (Creuse) The Creuse is a French department located in the region of Limousin situated south of the centre of France. It's named after the river Creuse. Over the past two generations Creuse has experienced the greatest population decline... more


  Spring 2006 (8 to 17 april) we visited central Spain and Andalusia, like we did before in 1999 and 1997. Over these trips we managed to see quite some of the sought for-endemic herp-species. Like southern midwife toad, Spanish algyroides,... more