Berhampur, Dec 5 (LocalWire) Fast declining house sparrow population has prompted the forest department and some organizations in Ganjam district to set up of man-made nests at Gopalpur-on-Sea.
Around 200 nests will be installed on the beach resort town by the Ganjam district sea turtle protection committee, Purunabandh.
“We have targeted to install at least 500 artificial nests for the house sparrows in the tourist town. In the first phase, we will install 200 nests” said committee secretary Rabindra Kumar Sahu.
He said they had installed at least 30 man-made nests at the sea-shore town two years ago.
“It was quite successful as the house sparrow population had increased significantly. So, we decided to try the same method once again,” said Sahu
Regional chief conservator of forest, Berhampur, Suresh Pant, divisional forest officer (DFO) Berhampur AK Behera, scientist, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) Anil Kumar Mahapatra, assistant director, All India Radio, Berhampur Hrusikesh Panigrahy and several others praised the efforts of the organizations for coming forward to conserve and protect house sparrows.
“The forest department has undertaken the house sparrow conservation programme in 11 out of 22 blocks of the district with support of some voluntarily organizations,” said Behera.
As per the programme, DFO said, artificial nests, made with plywood, will be installed at different villages and towns, including Berhampur and Gopalpur.
“With reduced nesting opportunities in villages, house sparrows have stopped breeding. So, we decided to install artificial nests for them,” said Sahu.
Anchaliaka Bikash Parishad (ABP) Gunthubandh, has also joined the house sparrow conservation programme and are installing artificial nests with feeding bottles in the villages.