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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:13 pm 
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Soon it would be a smooth ride to the Butterfly Park

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Visitors to the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory, popularly known as Butterfly Park, located about six kilometres away from Srirangam, can look forward to enjoying a smooth ride on the road from the start of 2018.

The battered road that erodes the satisfaction of visiting the park will soon be rectified. A main portion of the stretch from Melur to the park will be given a makeover in the coming months, official sources said.

The River Conservation Division of the Public Works Department has reportedly invited tenders for strengthening a 2.4 km stretch in the first phase, much to the relief of the Forest Department that maintains the park.

Footfalls have been on the rise to the park during weekends and holidays. People in good numbers could also be found on evenings, enjoying the fresh air away from traffic noise and other distractions.

Spread on a 25-acre expanse, the butterfly park that was inaugurated in 2015 now presents a lush green appearance replete with fountains, ponds, plants of various varieties, a children's park, and many other features.

The road from Melur to the conservatory, stated to be among the biggest in Asia, however, remains the only grey area. And, taking cognisance of this factor, the Tourism Department has entrusted the road strengthening work with the River Conservation Division of PWD.

According to official sources, the road will be widened to the extent of 5.5 metres from the existing 3.75 metres all along the stretch, at a cost of Rs. 1.99 crore. The widening work will include shifting of lamp posts and eviction of encroachments to a minimal extent.

The tender process will take about a fortnight for completion, and thereafter, the work will be carried out over the next few months, official sources added.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 537606.ece


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Approach Road to Butterfly Park to be widened and Re-laid at a cost of Rs 1.7 Crores


source: http://www.tenders.tn.gov.in/pubnowtend/uploaded/TD_pwd140112_butterfly%20%20park%20-%20tender%20notice.pdf


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:15 am 
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Six new visitors at Srirangam’s butterfly conservatory

Surveys show that the number of species here has risen to 85

There were six new visitors to the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Srirangam recently boasting of exotic names such as ‘African Babul Blue, ‘Peacock Royal’ and ‘Indian Red Flash’.

The winged visitors were recorded at the lush green conservatory during a recent survey conducted by the Forest Department, in association with Butterflies of Tamil Nadu, on June 1 and June 16. The survey teams recorded six new visitors: Large Oak Blue, Painted Lady, Spot Sword Tail, Peacock Royal, Indian Red Flash, African Babul Blue.

A Forest Department official said the African Babul Blue butterfly species was recorded on June 16, while the remaining on June 1.

Periodic surveys are being conducted from March to ascertain the number of species at the conservatory situated between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers. The surveys show that the number of butterfly species at the conservatory, established on a sprawling 25-acre reserve forest area, has now risen to 85.

Butterflies are attracted by the suitable green environment at the conservatory, besides a host of nectar plants in different patches, said the official adding that many species had migrated from the nearby reserve forest patches.

The survey will be a continuous exercise and carried out for a year. The butterfly population at the conservatory is likely to increase further if Tiruchi gets good rain, the official felt.

The tropical butterfly conservatory is one-of-its-kind in the State established with the objective of creating awareness among the people on butterflies and their importance. Some of the other species recorded at the conservatory include Lemon Pansy, Blue Pansy, Yellow Pansy, Common Jay, Common Silverline and Common Leopard.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 153158.ece


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:02 pm 
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Fountains and Boating at Srirangam Butterfly Park

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:05 pm 
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Butterfly enthusiasts get orientation

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Participants at an orientation on butterflies in Srirangam.

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Butterfly enthusiasts from various places were given an orientation on butterflies, their life cycle and the need for their conservation besides a host of other aspects at a programme here on Friday.

The orientation organised by the Forest Department was held at Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Srirangam housing different butterfly species.

A group of college students and public numbering 51 keen on knowing about butterflies enthusiastically took part in the orientation.

The event started off with a brief introduction to the participants on butterfly anatomy, identification of butterflies based on families, their characters, species recorded at the conservatory.

The participants were thereafter split into three teams and taken on a field visit inside the lush green conservatory sand-witched between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers and established on a 25 acre reserve forest area.

A Forest Department official and members of Butterflies of Tamil Nadu Society accompanied the teams during the hour-long “butterfly walk” in the morning hours.

A department official said the field visit enabled the participants in identifying 35 species of butterflies inside the conservatory established by the Forest Department to create awareness among people on the importance of butterflies and its role in maintaining ecological balance.

This was followed by an interaction among the participants sharing among themselves the butterfly species they had identified during the visit. The official said some participants had even come from far off places like Chennai and Chidambaram.

Later, a presentation was made to the participants inside the amphitheatre at the conservatory on various aspects, including life cycle of butterfly, population of butterfly species in the world, India and in Tamil Nadu, largest and smallest species, threats to butterflies and public initiatives to conserve butterflies, said the official.

Every participant was presented with a certificate for taking part in the orientation which would be conducted on the first day and the 16th day of every month henceforth.
The Forest Department has launched this initiative on the World Environment Day recently.




source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/butterlflies/article19089247.ece


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Step into the beautiful world of butterflies

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The Forest Department has introduced a programme for butterfly enthusiasts, students and environmentalists to give them an orientation on butterfly species and their life cycle at the sprawling Tropical Butterfly Conservatory at Srirangam.

The programme formally took off on Monday coinciding with the World Environment Day. Forest Department officials said henceforth the day-long programme would be conducted on the first and 16th of every month. Those interested would have to pay Rs. 100 to attend the programme. Certificates would be issued to the participants.

The participants would be taken around the conservatory and told about the methods to identify butterfly species, said an official. They would also be told about the life-cycle of butterflies, their habitat and environment and the ways to conserve the species. In addition to forest department officials, butterfly experts would be roped in to enlighten the participants. Established on a 25-acre reserve forest area situated between the Cauvery and the Coleroon river, the butterfly conservatory at Srirangam is one of its kind in the State.

Over 60 species of butterfly were recorded during a survey conducted a couple of months ago at the lush green conservatory which also has a “Nakshtra Vanam” inside besides an amphitheatre and various tree and plant species to attract butterflies.

Those interested in attending the programme could contact the Forest Ranger of the Butterfly Conservatory in the mobile number: 94425-19469.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 727178.ece

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