Marais de Bourdim


Marais de Bourdim

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  • Area: 
    59 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    36°48'N 08°15'E
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The Site, found within the National Park of El Kala in north-eastern Algeria, is one of the Mediterranean region’s few freshwater swamps. It is a marsh surrounded by a more-or-less dense ring of trees, mainly narrow-leafed ash and common alder. It hosts the largest heron colony in the region; different species including cattle egret, common egret and squacco heron breed on islets of vegetation, and rest in the Site outside the breeding period. Even with insufficient studies, it is apparent that the Site is also significant for the golden jackal (Canis aureus), the Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), the common toad (Bufo bufo) and the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), which is noted to be rare in the region. The Site is used to irrigate the surrounding agricultural land and so it is of great value to the local communities. As the Site is within the National Park, it is protected by legislation and has a management plan in place. However, logging activities, the over-extraction of water for irrigation, and an invasion of Eucalyptus threaten its ecological character.

Administrative region: 
El Tarf

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park - le Parc national d’El Kala
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