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Kuwait
Kuwait occupies the northeastern part of the Arabian peninsula bounded on the north and west by Iraq, on the west and south by Saudi Arabia, and on the east by the Arabian Gulf. It has approximately 550 km of coastline, of which the main feature is the large Kuwait bay. Kuwait has a surface area of approximately 18,000 square km. At the start of 1990 the total population was 2,0860,000 and the average population density was 110 persons per km2 . Kuwait constituted about 40% of the population. However, 4% of the country is permanently inhabited while the rest is relatively barren desert with permanent or even intermittent water streams.
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Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East
Richard Porter,Steen Christensen & Per Schiermacker
Illustrated by A Birch,J Gale,M Langman & B Small

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Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East
Ad-Doha Nature Reserve
A sandy sabkhah, some of which is flooded by exceptional tides, with salt-tolerant vegetation; associated intertidal mudflats are considered as part of site 005. Drainage water from a few nearby private chalets or an Entertainment Park flows across part of the site and supports 0.5 ha of Phragmites reedbed. The reserve is bisected by a public lane to the chalets, and within it there is also a major outlet for seawater coolant used by Doha power-stations. Previously the site was used at weekends for picnics and recreation.
The salt-tolerant vegetation provides a favoured roost site for waders, especially in winter and during migration seasons. Important January counts include Ardea cinerea (90), Recurvirostra avosetta (85) and Larus genei (900). About 70 species have been recorded; the site is not well-watched by local standards.
Key species;-non-breeding Crab Plover (Dromas ardeola), Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
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Al-Jahra Pool Nature Reserve
A man-made wetland comprising sewage lagoons and reed-beds in an area of sabkha at the extreme western end of Kuwait Bay. As a permanently wet and green area, the wetland attracts a very wide variety of migrant birds during the migration seasons and in winter, and provides an important refuge from hunting. At least 220 species of birds have been recorded at the site. Several thousand waterfowl occur during the migration seasons, but accurate counts have not been made. At least 66 species of birds have been recorded in the area.
The only significant area of non-marine wetland in the country, man-made by effluent (sewage plus a variety of pollutants) coming from Al-Jahra town and flowing across sandy sabkhah to the sea, forming stagnant, open, shallow pools and extensive beds of Phragmites. There are scattered halophytes on the sabkhah, and some old plantations of Tamarix in poor condition. The site has great value as a potential field study centre for all educational levels up to university research, and if properly zoned could also provide for recreation. Part of the site is a designated camping area.
A wet and green area attracting a very wide variety of migrants and winterers, and providing an important refuge from hunting: 220 species have been recorded. An important raptor migration bottleneck, with a maximum daily passage total of 410 (17 species), and estimated spring/autumn totals of 2,000–3,000, including Buteo buteo (85, September), Aquila clanga (10, March and October), Aquila nipalensis (343, March and October) and Circus aeruginosus (5, September and October).
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