Bengal Florican Reserve
Designated Bengal Florican Conservation Areas, the seasonally flooded grasslands of Kompong Thom and Siem Reap Provinces harbor the largest known population of Bengal Florican in Cambodia (and likely the world). There are several sites we visit that comprise important non-breeding grounds for many large water birds, such as the Greater Adjutant, Painted Stork, and Sarus Crane. Also found in this area is potentially the largest single concentration of over wintering Manchurian Reed Warblers. Migrating Oriental Plovers are regularly spotted in March.
SVC has been working with community management committees (CMC) set up by WCS to monitor, patrol and protect florican populations. Prior to an SVC visit we will contact the CMC to confirm the best location for Florican sightings and use the local guides nominated by the CMC to find them. Conservation Contribution payments are made to the CMC each season and used for community development projects.
The grasslands are usually visited as part of a bird watching itinerary on route to Tmatboey and beyond though dedicated half day trips can be arranged from Siem Reap.
Bengal Florican © Allan Michaud
Manchurian reed Warbler