Agamon – the Hula Valley swamp (water) refill – the Northern Jordan Valley
(Re-posted from my previous blog site)
Thousands of acres of new farm land were developed and turned over to the new Israeli villages in the north. A very small portion was retained as a swamp nature reserve with the water buffaloes, fish, birds and flora.
Some of the reclaimed land was not very productive – the peat soil – and was a constant hazard to the area and the farmers with fires starting most summers and polluting the area. Some years back the Nature Society of Israel decided to refill a large area and create a bird sanctuary for the millions of migratory birds that fly over the Jordan Valley on their way from Northern Europe to Africa and back. By creating feeding systems there they have also solved the damage done by the birds when they used to feed on the agricultural fields and the fish farms.
Visiting is possble all year round but the best times are the migratory months. You can hike, rent a golf cart or a bike (family size too) or take their bus tour. Plan on spending 2-3 hours visiting.
Below are some pictures. The large flock of birds seen in one of the photos are Cranes.