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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. Using ecosystem approach we developed a green zone to support the local biodiversity and supporting the pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies. The garden will also be used for educating the students who visit YMC for educational tours.
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. Using ecosystem approach wherein a green zone is created to support local biodiversity that gives severally advantages of improving green cover, supporting pollinators such as birds and bees. It also reduces the effect of climate change by controlling local environmental temperatures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.