Bou Redim

Country/territory: Algeria

IBA criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 16 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2001 high favourable high
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Site description (baseline)
This site lies just to the south-west of Lac Oubeïra (site DZ001) and consists of a low-lying marsh flooded in winter by water from the Oued El Kebir. It forms part of the El Kala wetlands complex and remains wet throughout the summer due to the high water-table in the surrounding dunes. The site consists of a mixture of open water and wet woodland, with Fraxinus angustifolia, Laurus sp. and Ulmus sp. at the edges and Alnus glutinosa and Salix spp. dominant in the centre. There are also tall tussocks of Carex elata in the centre of the site and the areas of open water are dominated by Nymphaea alba, which is rare in Algeria, and Potamogeton spp. Another national rarity, Lycopus europaeus, is also present.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The site is principally important for its mixed breeding colony of Bubulcus ibis and Egretta garzetta and also as a winter roost for these two species. It is an ideal site for breeding herons, because of its inaccessibility and the shelter from wind provided by the surrounding tall trees, and is the only area where substantial numbers of B. ibis were found in Algeria in the 1980s.Other species observed in and around the marsh include Tachybaptus ruficollis and a variety of raptors (all in small numbers): Milvus migrans, Gyps fulvus, Circus aeruginosus, Accipiter nisus, Buteo rufinus and Hieraaetus pennatus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Bou Redim. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.