Réserve Naturelle du Lac de Béni-Bélaïd
- Site number:1303
- Area:600 ha
- Designation date:04-06-2003
- Coordinates:36°53'N 06°06'E
The Site is a small lake of ten hectares, surrounded by lake vegetation represented by Ludwigia adscendens and Echinophora spinosa, and hosting indigenous insects such as the dragonflies Anaciaeshna isosceles and Sympetrum sanguineum. Mammals are represented by the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra. The Site supports a rich and diverse bird life including several rare species such as Aythya nyroca and Porphyrio porphyrio, and small communities of Alcedo atthis and Acrocephalus scirpaceus. The lake, during periods of low rainfall, supplies the groundwater reserves. Threats to the Site include the excessive extraction of lake water in dry periods, the cultivation of cash crops and the expansion of agricultural land at the expense of natural areas supporting high biodiversity.
- Last publication date:08-03-2018