Adullam Grove Nature Reserve
Adullam Grove Nature Reserve (Hebrew: שמורת טבע חורש עדולם) is a nature reserve in central Israel, south of Beit Shemesh, managed by the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority.
|Adullam Grove Nature Reserve|
|שמורת טבע חורש עדולם|
|Nearest city||Beit Shemesh|
|Area||6,532 dunams (6.532 km2; 2.522 sq mi)|
The reserve was established in 1994, covering 5,380 dunams (5.38 km2; 2.08 sq mi) and was extended to include another 1,152 dunams (1.152 km2; 0.445 sq mi) in 2004. The reserve was declared in order to protect Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub that grow naturally in the area.
Horvat Midras (Hebrew) or Khirbet Midras (Arabic), sometimes spelled Madras, dated to the 10th century BCE until approximately the 4th century CE, is located within the boundaries of the reserve. Burial caves, hiding tunnels and caves used during the Bar Kokhba revolt in 132-135 CE, a columbarium, and a burial pyramid were discovered at the site. 
Flora and faunaEdit
- "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- שמורת טבע חורש עדולם - חורבת מדרס [Adullam Woods nature reserve - Hurvat Midras] (in Hebrew). Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- Madras ruins in Park Adullam
- "Adullam Nature Reserve" (in Hebrew). iNature.info. Retrieved 2010-12-01.