Hala Al Khayyat (Abu Dhabi)
Bou Sayyaf Reserve succeeded in providing protection for 13 species of living creatures marked with extinction, including 10 species of birds, two species of reptiles and one species of mammals.
Bu Al Sayayef is one of the most important reserves in the Zayed Network of Nature Reserves, which includes 19 reserves and is managed by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. It includes 99 species of birds, including: 93 resident birds, 6 migratory birds, two types of reptiles, two types of mammals, and one type of plants. The reserve is also a breeding and spawning area for more than 150 species of fish, most notably dolphins and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi stresses that with the improvement of the weather, the time spent by the public enjoys the natural environment, which requires them to be responsible when visiting natural sites in the country, and to reduce wrong behaviors on the environment, noting that it is not allowed to collect samples from the reserve from Without a license, not chasing wild animals or throwing waste. It is also forbidden to take photographs for a commercial purpose without a license. It is forbidden to remove or destroy directional signs, and it is forbidden to exceed the speed limit, throw hooks, or hunt without a license.
The reserve, which lies west of the Musaffah Canal, is considered an important area for migratory and resident birds and includes a group of suitable habitats for the great flamingo and other migratory birds. The reserve joined the global network of wetland sites in 2016 within the international agreement known as the Ramsar Convention.
The reserve is also of high conservation value due to the presence of unique wetland habitats such as mangroves, salt marshes, seagrass and mudflats located between the intertidal zones.
The mudflats and mangrove areas are home to more than 80 migratory and resident birds, where mangroves extend over an area of 3.9 km², and seagrass is found on an area of 22.22 km².
The reserve site supports several thousand resident and migratory birds, such as rock egrets, eagles, crab plovers, Caspian terns, and small terns. The site also supports the endangered hawksbill and green turtles.