Located in Abdalliyah Kuwait Oil Company Field south of Kuwait City, this is a private protected-area which has been carefully restored and landscaped. The idea was to clean the area of all previous waste and debris left by uncontrolled camping and vehicle trampling and to restore the site using native trees and constructing artificial water features (ponds with wetland fringes). The restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement project has been implemented in two phases, begining in January 2011. Already the area has begun to take shape, the habitats are natural-looking and now attract a wide number of bird species.
Many birds are already attracted to this new small wetland site. This includes insectivores and wading birds, plus raptors on migration. Access to naturalists is only possible by pre-arrangement with KOC.
The enhancement and restoration project provides wildlife habitat resources that are scarce in Kuwaits deserts and semi-deserts. Since a lot of land has been taken over by industrial development and is frequently disturbed by vehicle trampling and other forms of recreation places that are preserved in an undisturbed state become extremely important for wildlife. At Abdalliyah Preserve, the presence of water, native plants and a variety of newly-created micro-habitats have attracted various desert wildlife species. This includes reptiles and small mammals (rodents, foxes).
This small preserve is a remarkable effort in successfuly enhancing habitat for wildlife and restoring a previously degraded land. Such a successful action should be repeated elsewhere in Kuwait.