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Tannourine Nature Reserve
Lebanon, North Lebanon
35o 56.03' East 34o 12.47' North
A1, A2, A4iv
1,200 - 1,835m
Year of IBA assessment
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. 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
Key Biodiversity 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.