Mida Creek is a tidal inlet that expands across an area of 32 km2 tucked away in the serene village of Dabaso, a short drive from Watamu. Thick mud and sand flats, open shallow waters and precious mangrove forests form the natural resource.
In fact, Mida Creek is one of the most productive mangrove ecosystems in the world. Combined with Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, the two regions stretch to form a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The open meandering mangrove channels of Mida Creek are important feeding and breeding grounds for many species of fish including Jacks, Snappers, Groupers, Rabbit Fish, Parrotfish, Emperors, and Barracuda. The rot-resistant trunks of mangroves make the resource desirable for community construction materials; however, heavy deforestation threatens the whole basis of Mida Creek’s ecosystem.
WMA and members are currently working to restore the abundance and richness of the aquatic life through mangrove replanting. Settled in the silty sand are 11 seagrass and 33 seaweed species neatly weaving alongside 9 species of mangrove’s arched roots. Both sea grasses and mangroves serve to trap sediments - benefiting local coral reef ecosystems and provide a healthy habitat for many marine species. Additionally, juvenile green and hawksbill sea turtles find shelter among the grasses.
For good reason, Mida Creek is a recognized International Bird Area for the refuge the area provides to both national waterfowls and migrating birds from Europe as well as Eurasia. 65 bird species pass over Mida Creek annually including:
-Greater and Lesser Sandplover
-Sanderling Curlew Sandpiper
In the landward area around the creek, a further 115 species have been recorded.
Mida Creek overall is a rich complex of biodiversity resources. The inlet supports adjacent local communities economically and ecologically, while serving as a sanctuary for countless species of flora and fauna.