Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, a seasonal wetland is located at a distance of 10 kilometers northeast from Jamnagar on the southern coast of Gulf of Kutch facing the Arabian Sea. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary occupies an area of 605 hectare revenue wasteland adjoining the coastal wetland. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, Jamnagar was declared as Sanctuary in 1981, May under section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The Marine Sanctuary of Jamnagar lies adjacent to the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary near the Gulf of Kutch.
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat comprises of the following:
- Seasonal freshwater shallow lake
- Intertidal mudflats
- Salt pans
- Saline land
- Mangrove scrub
As the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary at Gujarat
lies on the western-most part of the country that falls on the traditional route of the migratory birds, a large number of such birds nests here in the winters. The Khijadia Bird Sanctuary harbors a variety of migratory birds, the most common among them are the waterfowl. The Khijadia Bird Sanctuary at Gujarat recorded more that 200 species of birds that nests here. 90 species of waterfowl are traced in the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary at Gujarat. It is also the home to Great Crested Grebe.
The Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, Jamnagar serves to be an important site for ecological research and education. The wet lands of the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary has high conservation value. The other types of endemic plant found in the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat are Cyperus dwarakensis, Prosopis chilensis and Tephrosea jamnagarensis. An unique habitat diversity is marked in the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary.
Last Updated on : 30 September 2011
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