Lake Burullus Protectorate
Lake Burullus is a protected area stretching over 460 square kilometers and is located towards the east of the Rosetta branch of the river Nile in Egypt. It is the second-largest natural lake in Egypt
Towards the north on the seaward border, there are many shallow brackish lagoons and salt marshes, which include Lake Mariout (Buḥayrat Maryūṭ), Lake Idku (Buḥayrat Idkū), Lake Burullus (Buḥayrat Al-Burullus), and Lake Manzala (Buḥayrat Al-Manzilah).
The shallow lake has several environmental features, including salt swamps and sand plains. The lake is elongated, with around 50 islands scattered over it. And has one connection with the sea. The salt concentration is high near the north and decreases towards the south. Salt is produced at the southern part of the lake, and commercial fish farming is done. , Reed swamps border the southern shore, and a large variety of aquatic vegetation is underwater. The lake is home to over 135 species of plants, both land and marine. The lake is an essential wetland for waterfowl, which are seen here during the winter season. One can also see Wigeon, Anas Penelope, Ferruginous Duck, and Aythya Nyroca here. The protectorate is a place to have a tremendous bird-watching experience, as many migrating wild birds can be seen here in the water.
Many migratory birds come to Lake Burullus, protected under the Ramsar Convention. Ninety-seven percent of the lake's water results from agricultural drainage, while the remaining water comes from rain and groundwater. Each year, 16% of lake water evaporates into the clouds, while 84% flows back into the sea.
Environmental Diversity At Lake Burullus
This protectorate features several environments, most significantly the sand plains and salt swamps. Also, there are high dunes present. The atmosphere makes it an ideal place for more than 135 species of migratory birds that migrate here to escape the harsh winters.
Why Was Lake Burullus Made Into A Protectorate?
Lake Burullus was declared a protectorate to conserve its biological diversity and provide endangered species- whose endangerment results from human activities—with natural habitat. Also, making the lake a protectorate helped monitor environmental changes and encourage natural or ecotourism in Egypt. Its protectorate status also helps in conducting applied scientific research. The lake helps protect natural resources, especially those of economic significance.
Wildlife at the Protectorate
Lake Burullus is home to about 33 types of fish, 23 types of reptiles, 112 species of birds, and 18 species of mammals. When the lake was made, there were over 52 fish species. However, their number declined due to the decrease in salt concentration caused by the inflow of agricultural water into the lake.