The ecologically significant Kazhuveli wetland in Villupuram district is Tamil Nadu’s 16th bird sanctuary.
On Monday, Environment and Forests Secretary Supriya Sahu issued a government order establishing the Kazhuveli bird sanctuary.
The sanctuary has a total area of 5,151.60 hectares in the taluks of Vanur and Marakkanam.
The area of Kazhuveli brackish water lake wetlands in Nadukuppam, Seyyankuppam, Chettikuppam, Anumandai, Urani, Keelputhupattu, Koonimedu, Thiruakkanur villages in Marakkanam taluk, and Kilapakkam, Kozhuvari, Kazhuperumbakkam, Karattai, and Devanandal villages in Vanur taluk will The sanctuary spans 3,027.25 hectares across eight villages in Marakkanam taluk and 2,124.35 hectares across five villages in Vanur. For the purposes of conserving, propagating, and promoting wildlife and their habitat, the region has sufficient ecological, faunal, floral, and geomorphological value.
According to the notification, the tank is located along the East Coast, near the Bay of Bengal. The sanctuary encompasses up to 13 settlements. “The declaration has come as a shot in the arm for the Forest Department’s initiatives to protect and develop its surrounding environment,” said a Forest Department official. Kazhuveli is a wetland of international importance on the East Coast, and the declaration has come as a shot in the arm for the Forest Department’s initiatives to protect and develop its surrounding environment. “With the formation of Kazhuveli bird sanctuary, a long-pending demand has now come to fulfilment,” S. Vimalraj, a naturalist with the Puducherry-based Indigenous Biodiversity Foundation (IBF), stated. The area is home to a wide variety of flora and wildlife, as well as a feeding site for long-distance migrants from Central Asia and Siberia, such as Black-tailed Godwits, Eurasian Curlew, White Stork, and Ruff. The Kazhuveli wetlands, which include 670 square kilometres of catchment regions, are claimed to be South India’s second biggest brackish water lake, after Pulicat Lake.
“The creation of the sanctuary will now guarantee that the wetlands are properly protected,” he added.
Source: The Hindu