Posted by: Hitesh Kamaliya on
Nov 23, 2010
Tomorrow start global bird watchers conference in Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary(Gujarat)
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary! Located at the watershed of River Ruparel and Kalindri at the North East coastal region of Jamnagar district in the Gulf of Kutch, is a very special and unique ecosystem. In Khijadiya, the migratory birds of the Eurasian Continent find both freshwater and marine habitat for nesting and resting. The unique ecosystem is partly man made and partly Nature's bounty. Reclamation bunds were built during the British era to prevent saline ingression in the soil and as a result two separate lakes were formed by water that drains from the Rivers Ruparel and Kalindri. These lake provide freshwater ecosystem during winter when the Birds Migrate to this area and the Kutch sea coast with its mangroves and marshy coast provides yet another ideal destination for migratory birds.
The Sanctuary is spread over both the lakes and the sea coast and is in two parts. One part is known as Dhunvav and the other is called Jambuda after the villages near which they are located.The Marshes and the Creeks on the Marine side supports Mangroves and other marine vegetation while the Sanctuary on the land's side has the native variety of Babul, Prosopis and other shrubs that support a large fauna other than the avian variety.
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is only 15 kms from the city of Jamnagar, which is home to the world's largest grass root refinery. From the Jamnagar Railway station, it is at a distance of 18 kms. By road it is 4 kms from the Khijadiya Patiya on the Rajkot - Dwaraka State highway no.25.