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.
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.
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.
Location: Jarakbande Kaval Tree Park,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560064
Project Duration: Mar 2016- Mar 2019
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.
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. Our year long project of developing a butterfly habitat for Yusuf Meherally Centre at Tara for DCB Bank's CSR project. The project concluded on a greener note as the total survival rate of plants was 100% .We planted 1043 which got multiplied into 1383.The butterfly diversity too increased from 31 to 41 species, adding 10 new species to the site. Also 122 employees of DCB Bank volunteered for more than 700 hours in creating and maintaining the habitat. The butterfly habitat soon became a tourist attraction and was visited by around 1800 students and citizens.
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 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.
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.
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.