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Longwood Shola Reserve Forest UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • Longwood Shola Reserve Forest in The Nilgiris and Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary in Ariyalur get the international recognition.

  • With two more places declared Ramsar sites, Tamil Nadu now has the highest number of such sites in the country.

  • The State government had submitted proposals for the Longwood Shola Reserve Forest in The Nilgiris and the Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary in Ariyalur. 

  • The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Ramsar Sites Secretariat accepted them, and both places were designated as Ramsar sites on January 31.

Longwood Shola Reserve Forest 

  • The Longwood Shola Reserve Forest is a 116-hectare forest patch interspersed with grasslands

  • It is located near Kotagiri town, about 50 km from Coimbatore

  • It is a remnant of the once extensive shola forests of the Nilgiri Hills

  • The forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including many endemic species

  • It is a popular spot for hiking, birdwatching, and nature photography.

Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary

  • The Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary covers an area of approximately 4.537 square kilometers (1.752 square miles). 

  • This protected area encompasses a freshwater lake and its surrounding habitat, making it an important habitat for a variety of bird species, both resident and migratory.

  • The Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary is a 4.537-square-kilometre protected area located in the Ariyalur District of the state of Tamil Nadu.

  • The sanctuary is about 25 kilometres from Thanjavur. 

  • This freshwater lake is fed by Pullambadi, Kattalal canal and attracts thousands of birds every year.


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