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.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Munderikadavu awaits bird sanctuary status

KANNUR: It is yet another season of migratory birds in the state. But the proposed bird sanctuary in Munderikadavu, a wetland area in the district with rich biodiversity, is yet to become a reality.

"Though finance minister K M Mani had announced in last year's budget that the place would be developed into a bird sanctuary, nothing has been done so far in this regard," said Babu P P Karakkat, a local bird enthusiast and convener of the Munderi Bird Sanctuary Protection Group.

"The place is home to nearly 200 species of birds, including 60 varieties of migratory birds -- a number higher than that of the Thattekad bird sanctuary. Authorities seem to be ignoring this area despite initiatives from the part of local panchayat," he said.

The 7.5 square kilometre sanctuary, spread across Munderi and neighbouring panchayats, forms the catchment of the Kattampally river, and has rich variety of plants, mangroves and fish.

"It was due to my initiative that the government declared Munderikadavu as a bird sanctuary, and it is sad that it did not take off in the desired manner. The forest department did some primary works for the proposed sanctuary," said A P Abdullakutty, MLA. He said the project should get sufficient funds and also the development should not affect the ecosystem, so that it could become one of the most sought-after bird sanctuaries in the country.

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