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Location Lebanon, North Lebanon
Central coordinates 35o 56.03' East  34o 12.47' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4iv
Area 600 ha
Altitude 1,200 - 1,835m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Society for the Protection of Nature and Natural Resources in Lebanon

Summary This IBA is located in the north of the Mount Lebanon range. A very high breeding density of Syrian Serins was reported here in 2001-2002. At least 15 species of soaring bird were seen migrating over the site in 2005. The reserve is part of the largest remaining Cedar forest in Lebanon, and supports a wide range of mammals and 71 species of birds.

Site description Tannourine Cedar NR is part of the largest remaining cedar forest in Lebanon (www. and is situated on the western flanks of the Mount Lebanon range, just to the south of the famous Qadisha valley

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus breeding  2001-2002  124 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  2005  20,000-49,999  poor  A4iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arz Tannourine Forest Reserve 0 unknown 0  
Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve 1,205 protected area contains site 600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   75%
Grassland   5%
Shrubland   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
tourism/recreation major
agriculture minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tannourine Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 01/10/2014

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