Ramlieh Valley

Country/territory: Lebanon

IBA Criteria met: B1iv (2008)
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Area: 928 ha

Protection status:

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high not assessed low
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Site description
Ramlieh is a wide upland valley in the Shouf region of the Mount Lebanon range southeast of Beirut.

Key biodiversity
The main value of the site is as a bottle-neck site for soaring bird migration, although the woodlands and orchards hold good breeding populations of many of the expected species of these habitats. There is an estimated annual passage of raptors exceeding 3000, most significant of which are European Honey-Buzzards, Levant Sparrowhawks, Common Buzzards and Lesser Spotted Eagle. There are four biome-restricted species for which breeding is suspected or confirmed at Ramlieh. These are Black-eared Wheatear, Sardinian Warbler and Masked Shrike, from the Mediterranean Biome, and Western Rock Nuthatch, from the Irano-Turanian Biome. Also of interest among the breeding species is Long-legged Buzzard, whose presence throughout the year is one sign of a healthy ecosystem.

Non-bird biodiversity: Other wildlife which occurs here includes Red Fox and many species of butterfly such as Common, Southern and Scarce Swallowtail and Southern White Admiral.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ramlieh Valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2020.