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Birdwatching

Lebanon is a significant stopping point for birds that travel along African-Eurasian migration paths, which creates a wealth of birdwatching opportunities, especially during spring and autumn—peak seasons being from mid-September till mid-October, and from early March to mid-April.


Thanks to Lebanon’s diverse landscape, bird enthusiasts get to observe a wide variety of species, and won’t want to miss the rare opportunity to see magnificent yet endangered birds, such as the Imperial Eagle and the Sociable Lapwing, in addition to various other more common birds including raptors, harriers, water birds, and others like the Syrian Serin and the Palestinian Songbird.


There are three key areas that should be on any bird watcher’s agenda: our coastal reserves, including the Palm Islands Nature Reserve and the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve, home to numerous sea and water birds; our mountains, with sites such as the Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve and the Chouf Cedar Reserve, both known for spotting eagles, vultures, and quails; and further inland, where the marshes and plains of the Bekaa Valley, such as the Aammiq Wetland, offer many birdwatching opportunities. The southern village of Ibl Es-Saqi is also a unique crossing for migrating birds and is home to a small bird sanctuary.


Trained guides are available in the nature reserves, and eco-tour operators constantly run birdwatching hikes and treks through many of these beautiful areas.

Things to do

Our Lady of Nourieh Monastery

At the top of the historic Deir el Nourieh cliffs of Ras Chekka (historically known as Cape Theoprosopon, which protrude into the sea at Hamat, in...

Wadi al-Hujeir Nature Reserve

Located in the Marjeyoun District in Nabatieh, Wadi al-Hujeir National Reserve was approved and established in 2010. It stretches from the Litani...

Tyre Coast Nature Reserve

This nature reserve in South Lebanon covers the finest sandy beaches in the country. It was declared a wetland according to the Ramsar Agreement as...

The Chouf Biosphere Reserve

In July 2005, UNESCO declared the Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve a "Biosphere Reserve" with an area of approximately 50,000 hectares, or 5% of the total...

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

The Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is a unique melting pot of biodiversity and history, located in Kesrouan District. Jabal Moussa and its...

Horsh Ehden Reserve

Ehden Forest (Horsh Ehden) is located along the northern slopes of Mount Lebanon’s western range. This nature reserve protects many rare plants like...

Tannourine Cedar Forest Reserve

The cedar forest in Tannourine is one of Lebanon’s largest nature reserves. It is so dense that the interlocking trees therein cover most of the...

Nature and Biosphere Reserves

Nature and biosphere reserves are protected areas that provide natural habitats for various wildlife, flora, and fauna, and might contain...

Nabatieh

Wadi al-Hujeir Nature Reserve

Located in the Marjeyoun District in Nabatieh, Wadi al-Hujeir National Reserve was approved and established in 2010. It stretches from the Litani...

North Lebanon

Our Lady of Nourieh Monastery

At the top of the historic Deir el Nourieh cliffs of Ras Chekka (historically known as Cape Theoprosopon, which protrude into the sea at Hamat, in...

Horsh Ehden Reserve

Ehden Forest (Horsh Ehden) is located along the northern slopes of Mount Lebanon’s western range. This nature reserve protects many rare plants like...

Tannourine Cedar Forest Reserve

The cedar forest in Tannourine is one of Lebanon’s largest nature reserves. It is so dense that the interlocking trees therein cover most of the...

Mount Lebanon

The Chouf Biosphere Reserve

In July 2005, UNESCO declared the Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve a "Biosphere Reserve" with an area of approximately 50,000 hectares, or 5% of the total...

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

The Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is a unique melting pot of biodiversity and history, located in Kesrouan District. Jabal Moussa and its...

Bentael Nature Reserve

Tucked away along the foothills northeast of Byblos lies Bentael, one of Lebanon’s first nature reserves. It may be one of the smaller protected...

South Lebanon

Tyre Coast Nature Reserve

This nature reserve in South Lebanon covers the finest sandy beaches in the country. It was declared a wetland according to the Ramsar Agreement as...