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7th February 2022 (6 Topics)

Basai Wetlands: An Oasis in the heart of a Concrete Jungle

Context

The 250-acre shallow Basai wetland has shrunk to a quarter of its original size over the years. 

About

About Basai Wetland:

  • Basai Wetlands is located in Gurugram, Haryana.
  • Basai is a village in Gurugram with a network of ponds and a wetland, making it home to a variety of frogs, turtles, fish, insects and other aquatic life. It also hosts a variety of migratory birds, such as ducks, geese, songbirds, snipes, godwits, stints, plovers, harriers, eagles and cranes that fly in from Siberia and Europe. Further, egrets, herons, kingfishers and spoonbills, among other birds, reside at the wetland.
  • Basai is recognised as a key biodiversity area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Wildlife Institute of India and the BirdLife International, a global network of NGOs that work to protect bird habitats.
  • Till a decade ago, the Basai wetlands was a top birdwatching destination where the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) had documented 281 species of avian population.

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