Mangrove(Hara) Forests of Qeshm Island!
The Mangrove forests of Qeshm or Hara forests of Qeshm is the common name for mangrove forests on the southern coast of Iran, particularly on and near the island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Perhaps the most unique attraction on Qeshm Island and the coasts of Persian Gulf for every domestic or foreign tourist is the floating Mangrove forests.
The Hara Protected Area was established in 1972 to preserve suitable conditions for the growth and maintenance of the forest.
Dominated by the species Avicennia marina, known locally as the "Hara" or "Harra" tree, the forests represent an important ecological resource. The "Hara Protected Area" on Quesm and the nearby mainland is a biosphere reserve where commercial use is restricted to fishing (mainly shrimp), tourist boat trips, and limited mangrove cutting for animal feed.
These widespread forests can be seen at the beaches of Persian Gulf around the Laft horbor at north of Qeshm Island.
At the time of ebb (low tide), the trees and their sludgy beds come out of the water and present as widespread island. At the high tide, the water covers Hara forests and it disappears.
In the regions which are covered with Hara trees the depth of the water is about 3 m and they have briny soil. This area is a very appropriate habitat for migratory birds in cold seasons because of its suitable ecological conditions.
These birds include seagulls, cormorants, flamingoes, storks, pelicans, eagles and. In other seasons the native birds which cannot find an appropriate place for living, come to these forests. The area is also a major habitat for reptiles, fishes and even some kinds of arthropoda and bivalvtes.
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