Over 75,000 birds spotted in Abu Dhabi in the first half of the year
Of the 145 bird species sighted, five were globally threatened.
More than 75,000 birds of various species have been spotted in the Capital in the first half of the year, proving how Abu Dhabi's flora and fauna have been thriving, environment authorities said on Sunday.
The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) has released its half-year report, which reflected a promising growth in biodiversity and reviewed the how policies have been strengthned to protect nature.
Of the 145 bird species sighted, five were globally threatened. Earlier in July, Abu Dhabi has also recorded its biggest flamingo hatch, with 876 chicks seen wading in the waters of Al Wathba Reserve.
.@EADTweets has published its half-year report for Jan-June 2020, which reflects promising growth in biodiversity, as well as a strengthening of policies to help protect the environment in #AbuDhabi. pic.twitter.com/ADekl1PjeL- ???? ?????? ???????? (@admediaoffice) August 30, 2020
Besides being home to thousands of birds, the Capital has also been a safe haven for other animals. In the first six months of the year, 52 hawksbill turtle nesting sites were registered and seven new invertebrate species were also recorded in the emirate.
Abu Dhabi has been growing its greenery, too - with more than a million seeds of native wild plant species scattered across four protected areas from January to June, the report said.
The EAD has also rolled out a series of regulations, including the single-use plastic policy, which is the first of its kind in the region, to protect the environment.
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