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in Collaboration with Ladybird Environmental Consultancy, we will soon kick start our new project in Hyderabad. The success of Nizampet Lake helped us bag this project. It was primarily the initiative by the local community who approached us to save their lake and we sourced the support for the same. The team that managed Nizampet Lake is back again to create the same magic.
This is the second prjoject we will be working on along with Ladybird Environmental Consultancy. This is an afforestation project that involves participation of local villages and residential colonies. We intend rejuvenate these barren hills with native vegetation, develop nature trails and carry out soil and water conservation activities. This is yet another local citizen movement that we are supporting.
The school premises before the establishment of the butterfly habitat was a barren land with very a smaller number of trees growing in the premises. After the plantation of 3000 butterfly attracting saplings last year the place now has turned into a lush green mini forest not only turning the barren land into a green space but also improving soil quality slowly. All the plants are well established and are growing beautifully increasing the aesthetics of school premises and making it looking lively.
By end of the second year, we recorded approx..16% mortality the total number of plants surviving are 2529 plants. The butterfly diversity increased from 12 species to 21 species now.
The butterfly habitats are acting as open-air butterfly garden for the students' with improvement of the environment around along with reducing temperatures during summer. An ecosystem approach of the project has fruited into increased students' interests in environment as they get an opportunity to observe butterfly life histories in their school premises as well as enhancement of the general ambience of school campus
The Divya Vidyalay, Jawhar is the only residential school for blind and special children living in the rural adivasi region of Palghar District. This school was founded by Smt. Pramila Tai Kokad in Thane District under the Shree Gurudev Sanstha. The butterfly habitat here was developed for DCB Bank Ltd in October 2019 in collaboration with Ladybird Environmental Consulting LLP. We planted 3000 butterfly attracting saplings of trees, shrubs, herbs and climbers in the school premises. Gardeners were being appointed to take care of the plants are they are doing it well. Students also help in the activities like de-weeding, removing of the invasive species in the butterfly habitat. The project duration is from September 2018- August 2021 with review visit every six months once.
The Yusuf Meherali Centre, Tara is a development NGO working with local communities. Under the sponsorship of the DCB Bank a butterfly habitat development project was implemented by the iNaturewatch Foundation in collaboration with the Ladybird Environmental Consulting LLP. A total of 1,043 butterfly attracting plants were planted for creating the habitat to support the local butterfly population. The project site is at Yusuf Meharally Center (YMC), Tara. The project duration was of one year (September 2018 to August 2019).
The project activities included plantation and installation of plant signages and conducting butterfly awareness programmes.
The school premises before the establishment of the butterfly habitat was a barren land with poor green cover. After the plantation of 3000 plants last year, the place now has turned into a lush green mini forest. All the plants have established themselves well and are growing beautifully increasing the aesthetics of school premises and making it look lively.
It has been almost a year since the establishment of the habitat in the school premises where all the plants have grown well with approx. 80% survival rate with total loss of 633 saplings. However the addition of regenerated plants (121 saplings) has brought down the overall mortality rate to 17%. The butterfly diversity has increased from 12 species at start of the project to 17 species in span of a year.
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. Not only the plantation helped in increase in the floral diversity of the Yusuf Meharally Centre, but this also resulted in the increase in the faunal diversity such as birds, bees, other insects in the habitat besides butterflies. The total number of the plants have increased to 1356 from 1078 which was recorded during the review done in March 2019. This increase is due to the regeneration of plants like Jamaican spike and miracle leaf. Altogether, there was just 2% mortality has been recorded. The good survival rate of the plants has enriched the habitat and makes it lushes green. Since the start of the project there has been an increase in 10 butterfly species making the total species count of 41 species. The garden was also visited by over more than 1750 students, teachers and citizens.