|Location||Lebanon, North Lebanon|
|Central coordinates||35o 56.03' East 34o 12.47' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A4iv|
|Altitude||1,200 - 1,835m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Ornithological information A very high breeding density of Syrian Serins was reported here in 2001 and 2002(Ramadan-Jaradi & Ramadan-Jaradi 2002). At least 15 species of soaring bird are known to migrate over this site including large flocks of White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus. The Biome-restricted White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis,which is known to breed at only three other sites in Lebanon, has bred for several years on the boundaries of the reserve.
Site description Tannourine Cedar NR is part of the largest remaining cedar forest in Lebanon (www. moe.gov.lb/protectedareas) and is situated on the western flanks of the Mount Lebanon range, just to the south of the famous Qadisha valley
|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||-||poor||A4iv|
|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)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Management considerations The area is protected as a nature reserve, with guards employed to prevent hunting and other unauthorised uses of the site. Sign-boards and footpaths are in place for education and awareness raising. Although hunting is forbidden inside the reserve, soaring birds are still at risk from hunting outside the boundaries of the protected area. Fire is also a major threat, as in other forested areas of Lebanon.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tannourine Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2013
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