Thu, 13 Nov 2014
Envirogrower and its UAE joint venture partner, Advanced Science and Innovation Company (ASIC), has released an aerial video of the site where more than 300 Houbara were released in October 2013. These Houbara had been bred in captivity and were released for the first time in their new habitat. This habitat was created by Envirogrower/ASIC and continues to be maintained by us.
Using Envirogrower's revolutionary Moistube Technology, the Barqa Al Suqor 36 Hectare Trial Project proved that it is possible to convert barren desert into a native habit that supports a range of wildlife, including the prized Houbara bird, in just 3 months - and using less than half the water of drip based irrigation. The project is located in the remote Western Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Prior to this project the area was baren desert devoid of vegetation. The small shrubs seen on the site are species selected as food plants for the Houbara. They are purposely spaced at approximately a 6-7 metre grid layout to allow open space between each plant. This allows the Houbara to easily see any predators approaching. The planting replicates a natural desert environment as closely as possible with the grid pattern randomised to disguise any man-made involvement.