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Tannourine Cedars Nature Reserve

The reserve is part of the largest remaining Cedar forest in Lebanon.
The reserve is part of the largest remaining Cedar forest in Lebanon.

Location: In the north of the Mount Lebanon range, between the villages of Tannourine et-Tahta and Hadath ej-Joubbe.

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4iv

Explanation: A1 A very high breeding density of Syrian Serins (Serinus syriacus) was reported here in 2001 and 2002. A4iv At least 15 species of soaring bird were seen migrating over the site in 2005 including large flocks of White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus). The regionally scarce Blue Tit breeds here in small numbers as well, White-throated Robin was found to be breeding on the edge of the reserve, only the second breeding site to be discovered in Lebanon.

Number of species observed: 71

Habitat: Mixed forest dominated by Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), with areas of scrub, rocky canyon and fast flowing stream

Other wildlife interest: The reserve is part of the largest remaining Cedar forest in Lebanon. The site supports a wide range of mammals including Persian Squirrel, Badger, Wild Boar and the rare Wolf

Threats: Fire, hunting on edges of reserve

Current conservation measures & future plans: Area is protected as a Nature Reserve with guards employed to prevent hunting and other unauthorized use of the site. Sign-boards and footpaths in place for education and awareness raising.