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Birds flock to butterfly conservatory

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The vast expanse of green cover in the sprawling Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Srirangam is also attracting variety of birds in addition to numerous butterfly species. Birds found in dense forests and hillocks have also been sighted in the lush green conservatory which has number of plant species, including nectar plants. Around 30 bird species have been recorded at the conservatory established on a huge reserve forest area sandwiched between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers.

A forest Department official said among the bird species recorded were the Blue Winged Parakeet / Malabar Parakeet, Grey Bellied Cuckoo and Black Naped Monarch which are migratory birds. These birds mostly found in dense forest areas have been sighted at the conservatory, said the official. The vast expanse of green cover akin to that of a natural environment could have attracted these birds to the conservatory which has as many as 69 species of butterflies inside, said the official. Other bird species recorded include Rose Ringed Parakeet, White Headed Babler, Peafowl, Peahen, Small Green Bee Eater, Common Hoopoe, Grey Francolin, Red Vented Bulbull, Little Cormorant, Indian Paradise Fly Catcher, White Throated Kingfisher, Spotted Owlet, Koel and Spotted Dove.

The survey conducted on Sunday recorded a total number of 30 bird species.

Established with the objective of conserving butterfly species on a total area of 25 acres, the conservatory has an indoor and an outdoor conservatory with floral patches, a breeding laboratory, an interpretation centre, active and passive humidifiers and a children’s park besides a “Nakshtra Vanam” inside.

The amphitheatre which was set up as an added attraction has drawn nearly 15,000 school students from over 200 schools in Tiruchi and its neighbouring areas since it was thrown open to visitors in November last year, the official said.

With the summer vacation having begun, the Forest Department has planned to organise orientation programme for students on various butterfly species, its behaviour and migration patterns and its self-defence modification.

The programme would also drive home the role the butterflies play in maintaining ecological balance and the need to protect them.

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More butterfly species add colour to the conservatory

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Survey by the members of Tamil Nadu Butterfly Society records 69 species

More butterfly species have been recorded at the lush green tropical butterfly conservatory at Srirangam here which has been attracting steady stream of visitors every day.

This was evident during a recent survey carried out within the sprawling conservatory established on an area of 25 acres. The survey done by the members of the Tamil Nadu Butterfly Society recorded 69 species of butterfly inside the conservatory which is sandwiched between the Cauvery and the Coleroon river.

Forest Department officials said the survey was being done once in 15 days at the conservatory which was thrown open to visitors in November 2015. The recent survey was done from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to ascertain the number of species at the conservatory, said a department official.

Some of the butterfly species recorded include Striped Tiger, Blue Tiger, Dark Blue Tiger, Common Mormon, Lime Butterfly, Grass Jewel, Babul Blue, Small Grass Yellow, Lemon Pansy, Peacock Pansy, Chocolate Pansy, Blue Pansy, Tailed Jay, Common Mormon, Crimson Tip and Common Albatross.

During heavy sunlight butterflies usually avoid moving from one place to another, said the official. The survey was done at a time when the movement was more.

The survey would be a continuous exercise henceforth and carried out twice a month, said the official.

The tropical butterfly conservatory is one its kind in the State established in the reserve forest area in the Upper Anicut to create awareness among people regarding the importance of butterflies and its role in maintaining ecological balance. The conservatory which has a slew of facilities inside aims at conservation of butterfly species.

There were only 39 species initially when the conservatory was thrown open to visitors. However, 30 more species have been recorded now during the recent survey, the official added.

The official attributes the increase in the number of species to the greener environment due to raising of various plant and tree species inside the conservatory attracting many more species.

It is believed that many species could have migrated to the conservatory from the nearby agricultural fields and water bodies due to the favourable environment inside. The conservatory has an amphitheatre, fountain and cascade among others.

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In a recent addition, pleasure boating service for children has been introduced in a pond inside the park. Around 10 small boats have been deployed exclusively for children.

The official said the conservatory attracts around 500 to 700 visitors on an average every day. The visitors’ strength increases on weekends and on government holidays touching more than 1,000.

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Foriegn Tourists and Youngsters/New Weds in Trichy thronged the Butterly Park


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Tourists from the United States and France preparing the sweet Pongal at the Butterfly Conservatory Park in Tiruchi on the occasion of 'Kaanum Pongal' celebrations on January 16, 2017. Photo: M. Srinath | Photo Credit: M_SRINATH

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Bullock cart rides, beat of the traditional ‘melam', a profusion of intricate kolams, folk arts and the lingering aroma of sweet pongal presented a rural ambience for tourists at a Pongal festival organised by the Department of Tourism at the Butterfly Conservatory near Srirangam on Monday.

About 20 tourists from the United States and France were treated to the traditional festivities. After riding the bullock cart for about 100 metres to the accompaniment of ‘Thappuattam’ by a team of 20 youth, they were received with garlands by Vellamandi N. Natarajan, Minister for Tourism and C. Valarmathi, Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare,and K. S. Palanisamy. The visiting tourists prepared the sweet Pongal before entering the Conservatory.

Cyril, a French tourist, told the media that they enjoyed every bit of the tour. They wanted to visit a lot of places in and around Tiruchi.

They were seen rejoicing the hospitality extended to them not only by the officials but also by the people. Nicolas Marie, another tourist, said that she was very much impressed by the love and affection showered on them by the local people.


Henri from France, said that he had passed an undergraduate course in Tamil literature and was pursuing a post-graduate course in Tamil literature. The Tamil culture and rural ambience was always dear to him. Vincent from the United States said that although he had married a Tamil woman four decades ago, he was yet to learn the language.

K. Ilangovan, Tourist Officer (in-charge) said that the tourists who were staying at different places in the city, were specially invited for the celebrations.

An official release issued later said that the Tourism Department has drafted a plan to develop the road leading from Srirangam to the Conservatory Park at an estimate of Rs. 2.50 crore. Tourism development works would be executed at Veerappur temple, at an estimate of Rs. one crore while the Tiruppainjeeli and Maniyankurichi temples in the district would be illuminated at an estimate of Rs.1 crore.

Meanwhile, Mukkombu, in the outskirts of the city, attracted a large number of people on the occasion of Kaanum Pongal despite the dry Cauvery and Coleroon rivers.

The young and old made merry at the park established by the Public Works Department.

The PWD, in co-ordination with the police department, had made adequate arrangements for the safety of the visitors.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/Pongal-festivities-enthrall-tourists/article17049087.ece


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Butterfly Conservatory/Park gets amphitheatre


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A view of amphitheatre inside the Butterfly Conservatory at Srirangam in Tiruchi.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

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The Tropical Butterfly Conservatory on Melur Road near Srirangam, which has been attracting a large number of tourists, nature lovers, and environmentalists, will have another attraction in the form of amphitheatre soon.

Work on the state-of-the-art amphitheatre had been completed and it will strengthen the entertainment and information infrastructure of the conservatory
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Work on the amphitheatre, sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 48 lakhs under the Tourism Development project, has been completed in a record time. “

The seating capacity of the amphitheatre will be 90 and films on wildlife and butterflies will be screened,” N. Satish, District Forest Officer, told ‘The Hindu.’ It would be an air-conditioned facility.

Films on the life cycle of butterfly, shapes of different butterflies and their role in conservation of bio-diversity would be screened.

The conservatory has been attracting a large number of visitors in the recent months and the amphitheatre would further kindle their interest, according to sources.

Butterflies need to be maintained and preserved at specific temperature and humidity.

For this, a climate controller device is being set up at an expenditure of Rs. 29 lakh for regulating the temperature at the conservatory. A weather station at Rs. 7 lakh was another facility. The station would monitor rainfall, temperature, humidity, sunshine hours in a day, speed and direction of wind..

A disabled-friendly modern toilet has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh. Surveillance cameras had been set up at 16 places across the conservatory. Parking facility has been provided on an area of 5,000 square metres with ramp and cross-drain facility at an expenditure of Rs.12 lakh.



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