25 August 2017, Friday. Battir Hike & Bird Watching

Palestine is an important place for birds, as it is located on a major migratory route for different species of birds to and from Africa, Europe and Asia.  The most common routes are those of the Jordan Valley, Jericho, and Jerusalem Wilderness.   Palestine’s environment offers various habitats for the variety of birds some of which are residents, and others migrants. 

Siraj Center with the Environmental Education Center, will organize a special activity for this season, a visit to the Environmental Education center to learn more about the Palestinian natural diversity of flora and fauna by visiting the center’s museum. If we were lucky that day we will have the chance to observe the process of ringing birds.

Our hike will start from “Al Makhroor” towards Battir- home to a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Through the way we will be taken by the beauty of the flora and fauna. Few birds and plants can be spotted during the hike. 

Hiking details:

  • Length: 5 km
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Category: Easy

What to bring:

  • Lightweight walking boots
  • At least 2-3 liters of water and snacks/ lunch for the walk
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Your camera

What is included:

  • An experienced local hiking guide
  • A specialist guide for Flora and Fauna
  • Transportation from/to Jerusalem


Price: 55$ from Jerusalem, 40$ from Talitha Qumi School

Jerusalem Meeting point: in front of the Jerusalem Hotel, 4 Anatara Ben Shaddad St., East Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate, Meeting time: 07:30

Beit Jala Meeting point: in front of Talitha Qumi School Meeting time: 07:30

Approximate returning time:  13:00

- A visit to the Environmental Education Center

- Bird Watching

- Hike in Battir - home to a UNESCO World Heritage site


  1. East Jerusalem