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Tiruppadaimarathur Conservation Reserve
 
 

Community participation and public support is crucial for any conservation effort to succeed. Amendments to the Wild life protection act in 2003, provided for a machanism to provide recognition and legal backing to the community initiated efforts in wildlife protection. It provides for a flexible system wherein the wildlie conservation is achieveed without compromising the community needs. Tiruppadaimarathur consertvation reserve one such effort of the village community which came forward to protect the birds nesting in their village and acted for declaration of conservation reserve. This is the First Conservation reserve to be established in the Country decalared by Government of Tamil Nadu G.O.Ms.No.17 Environment and Forests Dept. dt. 14.02.2005. Now the village community and Forest department manage the area.

 
Location
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In Tiruppadaimaradur a Temple in the village having a compound covering around 2.84 Ha. Within which the nesting area is located. The village is adjacent to Tamiraparani river.

Flora

Around the temple, 20 huge, century old trees of Terminalia arjuna, Basillus latifolia, Neem, Maruthu and Illuppai are available and they constitute the best nesting site for birds.

FAuna

At present Little Egretts, Pond heron and Painted Stork are nesting and their numbers are around 120 and 300 respectively. Spot billed pelicans are also coming for refuge but are not nesting. Pond heron and egrets are nesting in backyards of few houses also while Painted storks are around temple only.
Adjacent to the temple ,Tambiraparani river flows and the surrounding area is having few ponds and lot of agricultural fields and all these provide food (fish) for the above birds. The area is adjacent to the Kalakad mundanthurai tiger reserve by 10 kms. Birds are visiting for the past 5-6 years and the number is gradually increasing. The villagers are interested in protecting and are nursing and feeding the orphaned birds.

Eco commandments in protected area:
Entry into the Sanctuary is with permission during the specified hours only. Wildlife sighting is a matter of chance. Inform of all sightings and appreciate the habitat also. Wear dark clothes so as to be inconspicuous and merge with the surroundings. Maintain absolute silence during van and elephant rides for better sighting. Do not kindle fire in the forest and avoid smoking while in the sanctuary. Entry on foot, camp fires, music, cooking, littering in the sanctuary is prohibited. Do not get down from the vehicle. Use of spot lights, fast driving, blowing of horn etc., are prohibited. Bathing, washing and fishing in the river is prohibited. Consumption of alcoholic drinks and carrying of arms in the sanctuary are strictly prohibited. Disposable plastic bags, cups, plates, PET bottles are banned. Kindly do not use them.

Approach
Can be reached anywhere from Chennai
Nearest railway station is Chennai (12 KM)
Nearest airport is Chennai(Meenambakkam) (16 KM)
Tourists info
As wildlife watching has to be environmentally, economically and socially sound, certain do’s and don’ts are suggested to tourists.

Please do

  • Watch but not touch animals
  • Maintain silence and leave music systems outside
  • Avoid littering the area and take back all rubbish specially plastics and other non biodegradable articles
  • Keep distance from birds, and do not disturb them
  • Leave behind pets, firearms, cigarettes and alcoholic drinks before entering the sanctuary
  • Report any unusual or important observations and give suggestions for improvement
  • Make sure that yout have obtained an entry permit
  • Wear dark or neutral toned clothes, like green, grey, pale yellow to blend with the surroundings.
  • Try and secure the services of a local guide to take you around the sanctuary.
  • Carry and use a field guide book on birds.
  • Keep a note book to record anything interesting.
  • Carry water bottle, binoculars and a camera loaded with fast film
  • If you are using a vehicle, ensure it is reliable and quiet
  • Park your vehicle at proper place.

Please do not

  • Carry fire-arms
  • Use radios and musical equipments
  • Fish or swim in lakes
  • Shout at, harass, feed or chase birds
  • Throw garbage of any description like bottles, film-wrappers, cigarette packets, plastic bags etc. in the sanctuary into lakes. They deface and pollute nature
  • Drive fast and noisily.
  • Pick up dead wood, chopwood or pick flowers from surroundings
  • Talk loudly while viewing wildlife; silence will enable you appreciate bird life and behaviour
  • Throw away cigarette buds and matches in the sanctuary, because they cause fires

More Tips

  • Know about weather forecast
  • Select the route and distance depending upon your ability and stamina
  • Never light your cigarettes or match box
  • Be silent. Loud talks disrupt animals
  • Keep the surroundings clean, particularly the camp sites.
  • Don’t collect any specimens of flora without permission
  • Look out for sign and information boards enroute
  • Be alert and avoid going near carnivores and sloth bears
  • Be careful on sight of lonely tuskers. In case of a chase, run down the hills
  • Never tease animals
  • Observe up and down so that you will not miss arboreal animals, beautiful birds and reptiles
  • Adhere to Rules and Regulations
  • Keep your sense alert for hearing and smell
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