|la Macta Nature Reserve|
The reserve lies about 30 km south-west of the coastal town of Mostaganem (just to the east of Oran) and c.60 km north-west of Dayette Morsli Plaine de Remila. It consists of the flood-plain and marshland system of several oueds that spread across the Plain of Habra before discharging into the Mediterranean Sea to the north (via the River La Macta). Three major oueds flow into the flood-plain from the south and two of these, the Oued Sig and the Oued lHabra, flow all year-round. The site is roughly triangular in shape and is bounded to the south, west and east by hills. It consists of open water, marsh, humid steppe and sansouires (saltmarsh) very similar to those of southern France, but rare in North Africa.Herons, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Coot (Fulica atra), Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax).The site is especially important for wintering waterbirds including Marbled Duck ( Marmaronetta angustirostris, Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Teal (Anas crecca), Pintail (Anas acuta), Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina),Little Stint (Calidris minuta), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), (Birdlife International).