Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Unique Habitat for Diverse Species

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is always something so heartening to see corporates show their sensitive side by doing something to preserve and promote our diverse flora and fauna. While the 300-acre campus of TVS Motor Company’s Hosur plant is known for its production of two and three-wheeler vehicles, what is little known about the company is the presence of a unique 50-acre bird sanctuary in those very premises. It is said that, over the last 20 years, they have created ‘native forests’ on a stretch of unoccupied land within the premises by creating ponds and planting trees. The rich green canopy contains 443 species of plants and 354 species of animals. Today, they claim that this stretch is a home to migratory as well as domestic birds.

 

 

The company is said to have taken efforts to ensure that the water bodies in the sanctuary use recycled water or storage from rainwater harvesting. The water which is circulated across all ponds through streamlines is said to minimise algal blooms, thus increasing the level of moisture to suit the forest ecosystem. Small fish are released into the different water bodies at regular intervals to ensure that the birds are properly nourished. A good number of birds like Spot-billed Pelicans, Indian Darter, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Spot Billed Duck, Woolly-necked Stork, Eurasian Horned Owl, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Waterhen, they say, visit this place during the breeding seasons. The place also has Flap-shell Turtles, Pond Turtles and Chequered Keelback Water Snakes. The ponds have been installed with mid-water perches for the water birds and they claim this space to be the largest breeding colony for Painted Storks in south India.

 

 

 

The forest is said to have over one lakh trees and the breeding of birds is encouraged by placing nest boxes. A full-time naturalist and his team oversee the maintenance of this sanctuary under the guidance of a forest consultant. The arrival of the birds and their well-being are consistently monitored by the team here.

 

 

 

Source: Times of India, 10 May 2019, Chennai.