Development of Butterfly Habitats

Sliding Stone Tree Park, Bengaluru

  • Location: Sliding Stone Tree Park (Jarakbande Kaval Reserve Forest), Yelahanka, Bangalore
  • Funding agency: Wells Fargo
  • Site / NGO Partner: KFD & KSHGRDO
  • Project duration: Mar' 2016 - Mar' 2019
  • No. of plants: 5000 saplings 

31 different species of saplings were planted. The site is assessed quarterly for monitoring the health of plants and increase in butterfly sightings. A drip irrigation system has been installed here. The Butterfly Awareness Programme conducted here hosts around 350 students annually. The 'Orientation Hut' built here is beautified with paintings of around 32 butterflies, 16 butterfly host and nectar plants and life cycle of the butterfly on the ceiling.

Shri Jayeshwar Vidyamandir, Jawhar

  • Location: Shri Jayeshwar Vidyamandir, Dengachimet, Jawahar
  • Funding agency: Tata Motors Ltd.
  • Site / NGO Partner: BAIF MITTRA
  • Project duration: Mar' 2015 - Mar' 2018
  • No. of plants: 10,000 saplings of hostplants and nectar plants.

We created a butterfly habitat on a dry and barren land. Now the place is full of myriad colours of flowers and butterflies. There has been 85% survival rate.  One could now spot around 30 different species of butterflies as compared to 2-3 butterfly species found before the project. It has been observed that not only butterflies but the bird population has also increased. Also the soil quality has improved showing increase in the population of the earthworms.

Chintamanrao Deshmukh Udyan, Mumbai

  • Location: C. D Deshmukh Udyan, Mulund, Mumbai
  • Funding agency: Tata Motors Ltd.
  • Site / NGO Partner: OASIS & MCGM Horticulturist Department
  • Project duration: Mar' 2015 - Mar' 2018
  • No. of plants: 7000 saplings

This is an unique ecosystem plantation approach as we have fit in the butterfly plants without disturbing the conventional look of the well pruned garden. A second line of nectar and host plants all along the edges of the garden was created. The survival rate in this site has been 85%. So far, 24 species of butterflies have been recorded at the site.

Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai

  • Location: Maharashtra Nature Park, Sion, Mumbai
  • Funding agency: Tata Motors Ltd.
  • Site / NGO Partner: OASIS
  • Project duration: Mar’ 2015 - Mar’ 2018
  • No. of plants: 7000 saplings

This was the first site that was developed into a butterfly habitat. 32 species of saplings were planted here on complete barren land. The survival has been 60%. 24 butterfly species were recorded post establishment of the habitat.

Urban Haat, Belapur, Navi Mumbai

  • Location: Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Mumbai
  • Funding agency: Tata Motors Ltd.
  • Site / NGO Partner: Mahindra Susten
  • Project duration: Mar’ 2015 - Mar’ 2018
  • No. of plants: 1000 saplings

It is the most visited site inside Urban Haat. Plant survival of 76% was recorded. The number of butterfly species has increased to 16 species from 4 species since the establishment of the garden. However in the entire Urban Haat 28 butterfly species are now known which is seven times higher. The plants are tagged to impart knowledge about these to the visitors.

Govardhan Ecovillage, Palghar, Maharashtra

  • Location: Govardhan Ecovillage (108km north of Mumbai)
  • Funding agency: ISKON
  • Site / NGO Partner: GEV
  • Project duration: Oct' - Dec' 2017
  • No. of plants: 3000 saplings

LEC was appointed as a consultant to develop the butterfly and bird zone at GEV. LEC conducted a survey of bird and butterfly population at GEV, developed plan of the butterfly and bird zone plantation, suggested installations for the zones, developed educational materials like bird and butterfly brochure, 50 plant signages and 15 outdoor exhibits on birds and butterflies and conducted a training programme for the GEV staff. Total 63 bird species from 37 families and 64 butterfly species from 5 families were recorded at GEV during the three months survey.