The Ammiq Wetland (100 hectares) is the last significant wetland in Lebanon,a remnant of extensive marshes and lakes that once covered parts of the Beqaa Valley. This natural spot remains an important staging and wintering area for migratory water birds en route between Europe and Africa.
Reed beds of Phragmites sp. and Typha sp. dominate, interspersed with open fields of coarse pasture. The site has been designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Notable species include the globally threatened Black-winged Pratincole, Ferruginous Duck, White Pelican and Great Snipe. The Ammiq Wetland is a popular outdoor recreation area that is part of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve since 2005.