As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 15 November 2014

10 bird sanctuaries in India critically threatened: Report

IANS | Mumbai 
November 15, 2014 Last Updated at 15:26 IST

Two important bird and biodiversity areas in Maharashtra are among 10 across India that are in serious danger of being lost forever due to unsustainable developmental pactices, a new study warned Saturday.

The report, titled 'Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas: A Global Network for Conserving Nature & Benefitting People', was prepared by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in association with Britain's BirdLife International.

A BNHS spokesperson said a component of the study report "IBAs in Danger" lists at least 10 major Indian sites which could be lost forever unless immediate remedial measures are undertaken to protect them.

Some of the sites are Sewri-Mahul Creek, Mumbai and Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary in Solapur/Ahmednagar (both in Maharashtra), Flamingo City in Kutch (Gujarat), Ranebennur in Haveri (Karnataka), Basai in Gurgaon (Haryana), Tillangchong in Andaman and Nicobar Isles and four in Madhya Pradesh, including Sailana Kharmor Sanctuary in Ratlam.

The report has been presented at the ongoing World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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