What is left of the marshes of the Bouregreg, is a small patch that spans from the fortress of Chellah to the bridge Al-Fida. A few canals cut the marshes, which don't usually get flooded by the river. The ponds have small flocks of wintering ducks, and during the summer breeding Mallard , Black-winged Stilt and Little Ringed Plover. Marbled Teal has bred here in recent years. Near Chellah, the vegetation that is used to fence the small farms, a large Cattle Egret colony gathers during Spring. This colony also has important numbers of breeding Glossy Ibis and Black-crowned Night-Heron , as well as a few Little Egret . In the bushes and Mastic trees there are African Blue Tit , Common Bulbul , Chaffinch and Western Olivaceous Warbler . Eurasian Hobby (during Summer), Eurasian Sparrowhawk, European Marsh Harrier and Eurasian Kestrel are regularly seen here, with the occasional visit of Long-legged Buzzard (Atlas) . Species such as Bonelli's Eagle , Spotted Crake and Olive-backed Pipit have also been seen here.
You can access this site either via Chellah or near the Al-Fida bridge. From the Marjane Bouregreg (near the Al-Fida bridge), there is an entryway to the Eucalyptus patch (34.018874, -6.818534), and from there you can follow a path that will go under the rail tracks and opens into the marshes. The closest tramway station is Pont Hassan II, from there you can walk about 15 minutes to the Eucalyptus patch entrance.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Scattered trees and bushes, River, Agriculture, City/village
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Winter
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
The area is known among the locals to be a place where muggings can happen, so be vigilant while visiting the area. Ideally do not go there alone. At times there have been feral dogs in the area, so be prepared for that.
There are plans to develop this stretch of the Bouregreg shore, threatening this site.
The nearby Daya Takkadoum is a small freshwater pond with cattails and a small breeding population of Western Swamphen and Ferruginous Duck. Along the Bouregreg, towards Akreuch, and once you leave the city, there are several patches to explore. One of them, near Akel El-Kbir, is a nice mixture of agriculture and pasture with scattered trees by the river. Barbary Partridge , Black-eared Wheatear , Cetti's Warbler , Common Nightingale , European Bee-eater , Little Owl and Tawny Owl are all possible to be found here. In the Summer, Black Kite patrols the river, and Western Olivaceous Warbler can be found in the bushes.
Further inland there are the cork oak orchards of Dar Es-Salam. This forest is great for numerous woodland birds, being frequented by Black Kite and Booted Eagle . Levaillant's Woodpecker can also be found here, as well as Tawny Owl .