|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 2,0003,000, 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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