Butterfly Habitats (ongoing)

Yusuf Meherally Centre, Panvel

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  • Location: Yusuf Meherally Centre (YMC), Tara, Panvel.
  • Funding agency: DCB Bank
  • Site / NGO Partner: iNaturewatch Foundation
  • Project duration: Sep 2018 -  Aug 2019
  • No. of plants: 1000 saplings of host plants and nectar plants

Yusuf Meherally Centre, is a development NGO working with local communities. They run a school for tribal students within the premises. It has a open space that was converted into butterfly habitats. 

  

PROJECT UPDATE: This is our third plantation review which was done in july for the quarter. All the plants are growing well expect some have died due to the hot summer. The site has turned lush green and blooming with colourful flowers. We can site a good number of butterflies in the garden.

The total no. of the plants have increased to 1356 to 1078 which was recorded during the review done in March 2019. Altogether, there was just 2% mortality of Blood Flower, Curry Leaves, Indian Chaste Tree, and Ixora. However, 4.45% of regeneration was noticed in Jamaican Spike, Lantana, Pentas, Pink Oleander and Jatropha.

We also conducted a survey of the butterflies visiting this site. We sighted around 19 species of butterflies which where nearly 40-50 in numbers. 

Divya Vidyalay, Jawhar, Maharashtra

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  • Location: Divya Vidyalay, Jawhar.
  • Funding agency: DCB Bank
  • Site / NGO Partner: iNaturewatch Foundation
  • Project duration: Sep 2018 -  Aug 2021
  • No. of plants: 3000 saplings of host plants and nectar plants

The Divya Vidyalay, Jawhar is the only resident school for the blind and mentally retarted children in Thane district with open space which could be converted into butterfly habitat. 


PROJECT UPDATE:    

It has been almost a year since the establishment of the habitat in the school premises where all the plants have grown well with 90% survival rate since that last review. The school premise has turned into a lush green mini-forest from a dry barren land in just a year. This review visit in August we were not able to spot many butterflies due the rainy season and cloudy weather but the presences caterpillars of butterflies and moths shows that the habitat is thriving well. Good care is been taken by the gardeners. We have also suggested them to trim most of the plants that have over grown once the rain recedes. Overall it a very heartening to see how the plantation has transformed the place and has made the premises look greener than ever.


Nizampet Lake, Hyderabad

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  • Location: Nizampet Lake, Hyderabad
  • Funding agency: Wells Fargo India
  • Site / NGO Partner: Youth for Seva
  • Project duration: Aug 2018- Jan 2020
  • No. of plants: 5000 saplings of host plants and nectar plants 

In order to improve the lake ecology, a vegetative strip of butterfly attracting plants were planted along the periphery of the lake. This plantation transformed the place as there was increased activity of butterflies, bees and birds. 


PROJECT UPDATE:  The plantations that we did during the first quarter has grown well and has made a beautiful green cover around the lake inviting several species of birds and butterflies. In the fourth quarter, we made additional plantation of over 350 fountain grass. We have also tried a new method of plantation by planting 250 seed balls which were prepared by the community people and volunteers. Extreme weather conditions, construction work at the lake, irregularity in functioning of water motor are some of the issues that affected the growth of plants, damaging almost 85 plants during the third quarter. Up to 2% plant mortality rate was calculated in the fourth quarter. The butterfly and bird diversity have also increased in last three months. 

Butterfly Habitat at Jarakbande Kaval Tree Park,Bangalore-Project by Wells Fargo India Solutions PL

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Creating Butterfly Habitats

Popularly known as Jarakbande Kaval Forest Reserve. Wells Fargo India Solution took an initiative to enhance the park by establishing the butterfly habitat on a 2 acre land. The garden was developed in June 2016 and now butterfly habitat is attracting 42 species of butterflies against 18 known prior the project intervention. The park now not only witness butterflies but one could also spot birds, insects and replies. Free Butterfly Awareness Programmes for educations institutions was also carried out for the school students. 


 In a span of three years by planting 5000 saplings, we doubled the butterflies species diversity to 46 and added 75% green cover to the barren land. 


Highlights

Location: Jarakbande Kaval Tree Park,    

                  Ramagondanahalli, North 

                  Bangalore, Karnataka 560064

Project Duration: Mar 2016- Mar 2019

Project Partners:  

  • Wells Fargo India Solutions (P) Ltd.
  • Karnataka State Forest Department

Project Activities:

  • Plantation of 5000 saplings
  • Development of butterfly educational materials
  • Development of plant signages
  • Conducting butterfly awareness programmes
  • Painting of Pergola

Completed Projects

Sliding Stone Tree Park, Bangalore

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  •   Location: Sliding Stone Tree Park ), Yelahanka, Bangalore
  • Funding agency: Wells Fargo India
  • Site / NGO Partner: KFD & KSHGRDO
  • Project duration: Mar' 2016 - Mar' 2019
  • No. of plants: 5000 saplings 
  • Popularly known as Jarakbande Kaval Forest Reserve. Wells Fargo India Solution took an initiative to enhance the park by establishing the butterfly habitat on a 2 acre land. The garden was developed in June 2016 and now butterfly habitat is attracting 42 species of butterflies against 18 known prior the project intervention. The park now not only witness butterflies but one could also spot birds, insects and replies. Free Butterfly Awareness Programmes for educations institutions was also carried out for the school students. 

Urban Haat, Belapur, Navi Mumbai

Location: Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Mumbai
Funding agency: Mahindra Susten Pvt. Ltd
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  • Location: Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Mumbai
  • Funding agency: Mahindra Susten Pvt. Ltd
  • Site / NGO Partner: CIDCO Ltd
  • Project duration: July 2016 - June 2017
  • No. of plants: 1000 saplings of host plants and nectar plants.

It is the most visited site inside CIDCO 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. Regular CSR-Employee Engagement Programmes are conducted here to help the garden to be maintained. We conduct activities like nature trail, de-weeding, mulching, plant clippings, preparing sapling bags, tree tagging.

Shri Jayeshwar Vidyamandir, Jawhar

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  • 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. The place is now turned into a mini forest full of myriad colours of flowers and butterflies. There has been 100% survival rate.  37 species of butterflies, 15 species of other insects, 6 species of birds, and 2 species of reptiles were recorded compared to zero species prior the project. The soil quality has improved showing increase in the population of the earthworms. Entire school has become butterfly savvy with increase of their population and sightings.  Students attendance has improved.  Tourists have also started visiting the school premises for butterfly watching. 


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Chintamanrao Deshmukh Udyan, Mumbai

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  • 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 of host plants  and nectar plants.

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 at this site was hampered due to the renovation work of the garden. However in terms of butterflies we were able to record 29 species of butterflies compared to zero species prior the project.

Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai

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  • 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. 30 species of saplings were planted here on complete barren land. The habitat was well established during the first year however the survival rate of the plants at this site was hampered due to water shortage and lack of maintenance. 33 butterfly species were recorded post establishment of the habitat.

Govardhan Ecovillage, Palghar, Maharashtra

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  • 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 for the GEV. Total 63 bird species from 37 families and 64 butterfly species from 5 families were recorded at GEV during the three months survey.