Boumalne dades - Tourists who choose Morocco as a destination often choose it for its cultural aspects. Many tourist agencies emphasize this point. While I was searching for information on Boumalne dades, which is better known in terms of its kasbahs and landscapes, I came across a very wonderful but sad truth.
Boumalne dades – Tourists who choose Morocco as a destination often choose it for its cultural aspects. Many tourist agencies emphasize this point. While I was searching for information on Boumalne dades, which is better known in terms of its kasbahs and landscapes, I came across a very wonderful but sad truth.
Besides the appealing landscape and human cultural products, some tourists choose Boumalne dades as a typical environmental tourist spot in Morocco.
However, I would like to underline, as some ornithologists did, that this “valley of the birds,” famous all over the world, is relatively unknown in Morocco. I myself just came across it searching on the Internet.
The valley is located in the southeast of Morocco, and it is about 20 km away from the center of Boumalne dades. It catches the attention of birdwatchers interested in lark and desert species. Tourists know the valley as Tagdilt Track, because tourist agencies make regular excursions to it. Tagdilt Track is a very rich area, and it has many types of desert birds, including the Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Crowned Sandgrouse, Cream-colored Courser, Temminck’s Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, and Thick-billed Lark. The following videos include some of them:
Birds of Morocco
Lee Dingain, a British Naturalist, conservationist, birder, visited the Track in March 2013, to Tagdilt Track. He could not help but despair. He was expecting a paradise of birds, but he was shocked when he found a large “valley of rubbish.”
“Tragically the Moroccan authorities see nothing wrong with dumping truck loads of plastic in the desert and allowing it to blow around everywhere! This dump is near Boumalne Dades at the north-west end of the Tagdilt Track,” Lee Dingain said.
Although Lee discovered a tragic truth, he could still take some fabulous pictures:
Marie Louise, a Singaporean birdwatcher, introduced the valley in a similarly disappointed way. She decided to visit the valley for her love of desert birds. She expected to enjoy the area, because it was suggested strongly to her by her friends. Thus, she made a trip to the valley of birds in 2013.
No sooner had she reached the valley did she discover a very sad truth. Marie wrote on her blog “I was told by friends that Tagdilt Track is the place to go for birding and it’s probably the best known birding site in Morocco for desert loving birds like larks and wheatears! But what they didn’t tell me is Tagdilt Track is actually a dumpster site…! @[email protected]”When I got out of the vehicle, I was immediately surrounded by flies, and I tried to keep my mouth shut…you know, just in case. :-/ Indeed there were quite a lot of birds seen here, all new to me…but it’s really not easy to walk on a rubbish valley on a bright sunny day; the smell, the heat and flies really got on my nerves!”
Despite her disappointing experience, Marie could still take wonderful pictures of some birds.
For more clarification, I decided to visit the site with a friend, Karim Isskela, who is also interested in the valley. Indeed, the place is spoiled by the rubbish thrown there by the town council, but somewhat redeemed by wonderful desert birds.
Karim told me that in order to take action, and to change the situation, some activists from Morocco and around the world had a serious debate via social networks (http://tagdilt.blogspot.com) on ways to protect this space and actions the authorities should take regarding this tourist site.
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