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Bird Watching and the Souss Massa National Park

Storks (c) Martin Harvey (http://www.wildimagesonline.co.uk)

Stretching from Souss estuary in the north, some 8 km south of Agadir to the Massa lagoon- some 40 Miles south of Agadir- and beyond to Sidi Ifni, the Souss Massa National Park was created in 1991 to protect the last remaining colonies (breeding in the wild) of the northern Bald Ibis, the Massa lagoon and Souss estuary. The Massa is widely regarded as one of the most important birding sites in Morocco; its interest lies in the huge numbers of winter migrants as well as the species diversity; over 100 bird species are recorded in the Park.

Massa BeachThe habitats are very varied including from dunes, beaches, Argan woodland, cactoid Euphorbia heaths - a habitat unique to the Atlantic Coast in this region- and superb wetland habitats.

At the Massa lagoon Eurasian Coots and Little Grebes can often be found on the water with Purple and Squacco Herons in the reeds. Elsewhere in the area redstarts, many warblers including Sardinian warbler, various species of wheatear, blackcaps, greenfinches, chiffchaffs, Red-necked Nightjar, Dunlin, Snipe, black-tailed godwit as well as other species too numerous to mention can be seen, whilst in skies above birds of prey such as the western marsh harrier and osprey may be seen.

Cap Rhir and Tamri
North of Agadir on the Atlantic coast along a coast featuring attractive beaches, cliffs, and estuaries. The birds are often seen in the steppe habitat near to their nesting areas on the ledges of the steep cliffs in the Tamri region north of Agadir too.

Our Trips

Naturally Morocco run day trips from Taroudant for those wishing to have a brief introduction to bird watching and can arrange stays in local accommodation for those groups wanting a longer visit.

Times To Go

The best time to visit is between October and May. November is particularly good for coastal wetland sites, as the winter migrants have just arrived. March to May is the best time to see the greatest range of migrants and residents.

Duration
1 Day
Location
Taroudant
Trip Grade
Easy