Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jamnagar, bird watchers Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

This protected area packs in an incredible diversity of ecosystems into the relatively small area of 6 square km. The sanctuary, created over the 1920s and '30s, is formed from two man-made dykes that separate fresh water from sea water, creating the opportunity to simultaneously observe species that belong to each ecosystem, and some that share both. Along with the marine and fresh water habitats, there are also marshy lands, mangroves, Prosopis areas, mudflats, salt pans, creeks, forest scrub, sandy beaches, and even farmlands bordering the area. This provides a haven for more than 220 species of resident and migratory birds, including globally threatened species such as Dalmatian pelican, Asian open bill stork, Black-necked stork, Darter, Black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, and Indian skimmer, and provides birdwatchers with a delightful chance to sight rare birds in large numbers.

There are no overnight lodges, but facilities include watchtowers, trails, and paddleboats, to help visitors engage with this diverse community. As a visitor, keep in mind that conservation in any area is a difficult process, and that in Khijadia there have been complications with how water is used by local cultivators which affect the ecosystem within the tiny protected area, so if you’re interested, you can ask around about the issues, and find out what impact even your own visit has on the process.

There are no ST buses to the site, but rickshaws are available, and private vehicles can be hired. For permission, more information, or to ask for a guide, contact Conservator of Forests Office, Tel: 0288 2679357, Nagnath Gate, Van Sankul, Ganjiwada, Jamnagar.

Jamnagar, bird watchers Khijadia Bird Sanctuary
An official survey shows that the most number of birds in India are in Gujarat state and in the Gujarat state, the most number of birds are found in Jamnagar
Several migratory birds make Jamnagar their home during the winter months. Bird watchers flock to different places like the bird Sanctury, the Marine Sanctury, the Salt pans, the rivers & water resovoirs of Jamnagar. If you are arriving in Jamnagar by train, especially in winter, you are sure to see wonderful birds just before entering the Jamnagar Station. Jamnagar is one of the few places where one can get very close to birds without disturbing them..


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