Pat Lake Wetland
Pat Lake, near Parule village in Kudal Taluka of Sindhudurg, is a shallow wetland surrounded by villages, an agricultural and grassland landscape, a swampy area and a small patch of forest apart from its proximity to a busy roadway. This lake with several microhabitats accomodates several species of birds. The abundance and diversity of the wetland and the wetland dependent birds were more, in comparision with the grassland and terrestrial birds. However, only 8 species representing seven families were recorded in all the months during the study. The diversity indices reveal an overall high diversity in the lake, maximum species diversity and abundance was obseved in the month of February 2015 while the minimum was observed during May 2015.
The study reveals the importance of the habitat provided by the shallow lake in terms of bird species diversity. The dominance of waterbird species further emphasizes the need to conserve such habitats that also support the livelihood of the local inhabitants.
Number of species spotted at location by our expert team