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Aammiq Wetland

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What is there to see?
Aammiq wetland, Lebanon’s most biodiversity rich site, is nestled within the beautiful Aammiq estate. Comprising the fertile fields of the West Bekaa, rocky and grassy hills and rich oak forest leading to the heights of the majestic Barouk ridge, the Aammiq estate is an unspoiled glimpse in to Lebanon’s rural past. The “jewel in the crown” of the area, and what most people come to see, is the reedbed and marshes of the wetland itself. Designated as a Ramsar site, an Important Bird Area and part of the UNESCO “Man & Biosphere” reserve of the Shouf mountain it is one of Lebanon’s best places to see wild birds. Particularly famous at migration time for large flocks of White Storks, Pelicans, Eagles, Buzzards and water birds it is also home to resident birds, summer breeders and winter visitors. It is not just birds… reptiles, mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, fish and flowers all abound.

How do I get there, and practical arrangements?
Taking the west Bekaa road south, some 7 Km from Qabb Elias the wetland lies immediately to the east of the road just as the road curves around a rocky hill about one Km before the village of Aammiq. It is signed with a brown Ministry of Tourism sign.

For those coming from Beirut after crossing the mountains continue on the road from Daher el Baydar towards Chtaura. As the road joins the Bekaa plain there is a major junction with brown tourist signs pointing to the West Bekaa. Take this road, a sharp right from the main (Beirut to Chtaura) road. Follow the road through Makse and Qab Elias on to the region of Aammiq. (Travelling time from Hazmieh is about an hour in a car.)

How can I find out more?
There is a lot of information available on Aammiq’s wildlife by simply visiting:

http://lebanon.arocha.org/work/aammiq/

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