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February brings an environmental disaster to Adhari Wetlands Breeding Birds

Permalink 18:51:59, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

An injury to my back kept me housebound for much of the month but it did not stop me recording the wanton Destruction of the prime breeding habit for 30 species of bird at Adhari. The importance of Adhari cannot be over emphasized. 30 breeding species is representative of nearly half the total species breeding in Bahrain, furthermore ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE 159 of the 330 species occurring in Bahrain have been recorded at the site. It is with out doubt the most important single site ornithologicaly speaking in the country in terms of the diversity of species recorded.

There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you...

Qur'an 6:38

Little Bittern in breeding plumage at Adhari before it was turned into a residential wildlife disaster zone - Sadly this Bittern is but one of the many breeding species previously resident at Adhari that will now have to look for a new home with the sites total destruction and the wholesale removal of all suitable breeding habit at a time coinciding precisely with the start of their breeding cycle - Thank you Municipality and your contractors for such wanton destruction - your ignorance of good management techniques of natural habitats and wildlife in Bahrain just beggars belief -
Little Bittern

Adhari ditch before clearance
Adhari ditch before clearance

Answer me this who ever is responsible "How Does this type of wholesale clearance of a prime wildlife wetland habitat at the start of the breeding cycle for the wildlife dependent on it, fit into Bahrain's declarations on SDG's" Justify your actions - your methodology - your reasoning not just to me but to the people of Bahrain.

Adhari ditch during clearance
Adhari after clearance

A ditch being cleared - a clear case of, from a mismanaged but green oasis into a sludgy hell for one pair of Night Herons, 2 pairs Moorhen, 2 pairs Squacco Heron, I pair little Bittern - All have lost nest sites just in this small section alone not to mention the White-cheeked Bulbuls, Clamorous Reed Warblers and Prinia and other marine species like terrapin displaced.
halfway to hell a from to picture

This is in my opinion, an Environmental Disaster of unprecedented proportions - Who ever sanctioned this work should be held ACCOUNTABLE along with all other agencies involved in wildlife protection and natural resources here in Bahrain - this whole episode is a National disgrace, you should be ashamed that such mismanagement is tolerated, worse still is officially sanctioned. To me this is environmental destruction by the back door, by the very people we are told daily in the local press, that CARE. After the next edition of the Bahrain Animal Production Show (Mara'ee) that will be held from March 27 to 31, what will we read in the local press? Nothing no doubt but praise, sung loudly, for these same mismanaging so-called environmental champions. Will any question marks be raised at the event or in the press reports after as to those champions success rate in the mismanagement of such a vital national resource. Will any red flags be waved to ensure that what passes for habitat protection or maintenance at Adhari doesn't happen again elsewhere. I think not. I expect that much of that which will be reported after the Mara'ee event on environmental issues and its protection would be more worthy of featuring, in fact headlining at events such as Bahrain's Comic Con 2018. The reality is far more shocking however than I have stated unfortunately, this wanton destruction of a prime and unique wetlands site is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mismanagement of natural resources here in Bahrain. As far as I am concerned - A line has now been crossed so if my ranting have offended someone in authority GOOD - maybe we can now get some real action on these important issues - there are simply no more magic carpets left to brush the grains of truth under.

Now breeding record at Adhari Asian digger

But back to the Birds elsewhere - NONE of which where photographed at any of Bahrain so called declared wildlife reserves all where recorded that is found in unprotected Habitat including Adhari before its destruction
Think about that for a second

Askar White-tailed Plover
White-tailed Plover

Bluethroat at Adhari before destruction

Spotted Crake at Adhari before destruction
Spotted Crake

Common Sandpiper at Adhari before destruction
Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Squacco Heron at Adhari before destruction
Squacco Heron

Shoveller at Adhari before destruction

Snipe at at Adhari before destruction

Pied Wheatear at Adhari before destruction
Pied Wheatear

Bahrain Bay
Desert Wheatear Manama Sea front
Desert Wheatear

Hamalah Farm


Isabelline Durian Shrike
Durian Shrike

on the Jebel
Blue Rock Thrush one of two seen
Blue Rock Thrush

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

at Hafeera






at Samaheej
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull



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