Tag Archives: Important Bird Areas

You can track SPNL’s interactive maps using Tahaki platform

Creating meaningful maps just got easier Using Tahaki Platform. Recently SPNl created two maps. The first one is related to Lebanon’s Important Bird Areas and the second is related to SPNL’s projects mapping platform. Tahaki is online free social mapping platform for NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa region to map their data and engage their communities. Lebanon’s Important Bird Areas   SPNL Mapping platform

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Important Bird Areas Brochure

Important Bird Areas Brochure

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Tannourine Cedars Nature Reserve

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 …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve

The largest Nature reserve in Lebanon (approx. 5% of the Territory) encompassing the best remaining strand of cedar forests where over 160 bird species

  Location: Situated in the Shouf Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the West and the length of the Bekaa valley to the east. Streches from Dahr Al Baidar in the North to Niha Mountain in the South. Total area: 20,000 ha. IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 Explanation: The largest Nature reserve in Lebanon (approx. 5% of the Territory) encompassing …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Rim-Sannine

much of the mountain is protected from hunting and grazing, some trees have been planted by the Rim water company that owns most of the site

 Location: North-west of the town of Zahle, on the southern flanks of Mount Sannine in the Mount Lebanon Range. Total area: 244 ha IBA Criteria met: A3 A4 iv Explanation: A3 At least six biome-restricted species breed on site – Black-eared Wheatear, Sardinian Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Cretzchmar’s Bunting, Black-headed Bunting and Western Rock Nuthatch. A4iv Records during both spring and …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Ras Baalbek

Flat or gently undulating stony desert and semi-desert, rising up to a wide wadi extending eastwards into the Anti-Lebanon Range

Location: The Ras Baalbek IBA is found at the extreme north end of the Bekaa Valley, in north-east Lebanon, extending up into the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range, in between the towns of Ras Baalbek and El Qaa. Total area: 7,814ha IBA Criteria met: A3  Explanation: 10 biome-restricted species, mostly from the Saharo-Sindian Desert Biome breed here – Cream-coloured …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Ramlieh Valley

A wide valley (the valley of the River Safa, which becomes the Damour River closer to the coast) containing Pine woodland, terraced orchards, low scrub and some bare rocky cliffs

Location: In the Shouf region of the Mount Lebanon range, south of the towns of Saoufar and Bhamdoun, and about 17km south-east of Beirut. The River Safa runs through the valley. Total area: 928 ha IBA Criteria met: B1iv Explanation: There is an estimate annual autumn passage of birds of prey exceeding 3000, including Levant Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 183 Lesser-spotted …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Lake Qaraoun

Observations suggest that over 20,000 raptors, Storks, Pelicans and other soaring birds pass over the lake annually

Location: Lake Qaraoun is the largest freshwater body by far in Lebanon, lying at the Southern end of the Bekaa valley, which is a continuation of the Rift valley itself, a well – documented flyway for raptors and other soaring birds, The Lake was formed by the damming of the Litani River flowing south. Total area: 1190 ha IBA Criteria …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Jabal Moussa

The area inhabits 14 large and medium mammal species such as the Rock Hyrax. 215 plant species among which 20 tree species and 11 endemics

Location: The site is a mountain which extends westwards from the main Mount Lebanon chain along the edge of the Nahr Ibrahim, just to the west of Jabal Aalmat on the opposite side of the river. Total area: 6500ha IBA Criteria met: A4 iv Explanation: The site is known or thought to be a ‘bottleneck’ site where at least 20,000 …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Hima Ebel ElSaqi

  Location: Southern Lebanon between Marjayoun and Hasbaya, west of the Hasbani River. Village lies on the Rift valley flyway, well documented for migratory raptors and soaring birds. Total area: 219 hectares IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, and A4iv  Explanation: A1 presence of globally and regionally threatened soaring bird species in Lebanon such as Dalmatian Pelican, Greater Spotted Eagle, Egyptian …

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