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. 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. 

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 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

  • 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.

Urban Haat, Belapur, Navi Mumbai

  • 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

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 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.