Oman’s Ramsar Sites

With its long coastline Oman has numerous coast creeks and bays which are important resources for sea life and birds.

Al Qurum Cormorants Oman
Al Qurum Cormorants Oman

Birdlife has 33 sites within Oman that are considered important bird sites of which 25 are coastal. Ramsar the wetland habitat protection organisation has 1 site registered in Oman, Al Qurum (called Qurm by them). The Al Qurum site is the outlet for a major wadi, Wadi Adai, and is a major Mangrove (Avicenna marina) site.

Al Qurum Oman
Al Qurum Oman

The location generally has 194 species of birds, 27 species of crustaceans, 48 species of molluscs and 40 species of fish, all within the centre of Muscat.

Flamingo Muhut Oman
Flamingo Muhut Oman

There are several other sites in Oman that could readily be included by Ramsar, of which the most important is Muhut (Mahoot) which is adjacent to Masirah Island. Muhut is the ancient estuary of Oman’s longest wadi, Wadi Halfayn. Like Al Qurum this has Mangrove as its major tree and is a key habitat for Crab Plovers and Oriental White-eye.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4