A family enjoying a dip in the water at Achziv beach
A family enjoying a dip in the water at Achziv beach on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Photo by Yaron Kaminsky
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About 150,000 people spent the Rosh Hashanah holiday at nature sites, with the largest crowds converging on the Hula Lake in the Galilee.

Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael) officials reported a marked improvement in the behavior of visitors this year, noting that most collected their own trash and discarded it properly, leaving the JNF forests and parks relatively clean.

With the start of the migratory season, many visitors came to the Hula Lake Park to observe dozens of species of birds, including large flocks of pelicans. Another popular site in the north, which attracted thousands, was the Switzerland Forest overlooking Tiberias.

There was also a considerable number of cyclists in the Lavi Forest near Tiberias and the Biriya Forest near Safed.

In the center of the country the greatest numbers of visitors came to the Ben Shemen Forest, the Sataf spring and the Jerusalem forest. Large numbers of visitors were also seen at the British Park near Beit Shemesh.

In the south, the most popular sites were the Malachim Forest near Kiryat Gat and Golda Park in the northern Negev.