Asian Waterbird Census shows 40 per cent decline in bird count

The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 2018 conducted in Kollam district by the WWF-India, a conservation organisation, with the support of Social Forestry wing of Kerala forests and wildlife department has found a drastic fall of around 40 per cent in the total count of birds. The AWC held in nine different bird rich sites accorded a count of 5,697 birds belonging to 61 species in place of the previous year’s count of 9,378 from 65 species. The number of migratory bird species has also fallen to 22 from last year’s 32. Polachira, the wetland known as the waterbird hub of Kollam district registered a sharp fall in migratory bird population as the wetland was totally drained for agriculture purposes.

Published Jan 22, 2018…