Friday, 24th of March 2017

Nature Trails

Bi-monthly Programme March - April 2017

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Vol. 5, Issue 2.

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

 

March – April 2017

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

MARCH

5th Mar                                   Flamingo Watch

12th Mar                                 Bat and Tree Walk at Ranibagh

APRIL

2nd Apr                                   Kanheri Upper Trail

9th Apr                                    Karnala Bird Sanctuary

23rd Apr                                  Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

30th Apr                                  Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

LOCAL CAMPS                                         

June                                       Amboli– Land of the Flying Frog

NATIONAL CAMPS                                              

March                                     Marine Camp at Lakshadweep Batch II

                                             Wild Assam – Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga, Nameri

April                                       Great Himalayan National Park

May                                        Agumbe Reserve Forest

                    Corbett National Park and Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)

                    Kanha National Park

June                                       Bandhavgarh National Park

July                                        Ladakh

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

2017 

August                           African Safari – Kenya


One Day Programmes

MARCH

5th Mar, Sun           

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

 A unique opportunity to view the graceful Lesser and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. If you are lucky you may see some  straggling waders in their breeding plumage as well. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri  railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: You can reach Sewri in the following ways. By train:   Sewri railway station is on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from  Sewri West, which is close to the station; or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway  crossing. (Google Map Link: www.goo.gl/l4hvPI)Registration*: On the spot. For details call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri  09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Vithoba Hegde and Mr. Vinod Patil.

 The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

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12th Mar, Sun

Bat and Tree Walk at Ranibagh

Spread over 53 acres, Ranibagh is Mumbai’s only heritage botanical garden. Established over 150 years ago,  Ranibagh is home to an astonishing 853 plant species including 286 trees. Many exotic species like Baobab and Tree of Heaven can be seen here. Fruiting and flowering trees such as Flame of the Forest, Indian Laburnum, Indian Coral Tree, and fig trees grow here. The garden is also host to a large colony of India’s largest bat, Indian Flying Fox. Learn  more about these mysterious animals during this trail.  Grade: Easy Reporting: Outside the Ranibaug, near Exit gate at 8.45 a.m. Charges: For members Rs. 100/- per head and for others. Rs. 200/- per head. (Cost includes entry ticket and BNHS expertise)Registration*: On the spot. Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Group Leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) & Mr. Vinod Patil Please carry adequate water and hat/cap. Note: Ranibaug opens at 09.00 a.m; plastic bags, disposable water bottles or food is not allowed inside the premises. Items will be collected and kept at the gate. Participants can carry water in non-disposable water bottles.

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APRIL

2nd Apr, Sun

Kanheri Upper Trail

A gradual climb through the wooded forest of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). It is the perfect time to see Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Shikra, Grey Junglefowl, and Indian Peafowl. The trail leads to the rocky, grass and Euphorbia strewn plateau near Kanheri Caves, which is excellent for viewing raptors like Crested Serpent Eagle, soaring on thermals, and spectacular views of the National Park. At the end of the trail, one can visit the ancient Kanheri caves, which date back around 2,100 years. Carved out of volcanic rocks, there are around 109 such caves. Caves and surrounding structures also harbour good biodiversity.Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others.(Cost includes: Bus from SGNP main gate, Forest Dept. permission charges, entry to SGNP, and BNHS expertise) Reporting: SGNP main gate at 07:15 a.m. How to Reach: Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated on the Western Express Highway about a kilometer away from Borivali Station (East). Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon–Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The programme will conclude by 11:30 a.m.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for a hot day.

www.bnhs.org


9th Apr, Sun             

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Take an enjoyable walk through the moist deciduous base forest of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. During this season the forest is less dense and watching these flitting creatures is easier, also enjoy the orchestra of songsters as they start calling out to their mates during this season. The best time to see resident and endemic birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Rufous Woodpecker; drongos like White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed and Bronzed Drongo, Crested Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, and Gold-fronted Leafbird. Grade: Easy (1–2 km undulating walk)Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others.Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 06:00 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 06:20 a.m., and Vashi (Vashi Jn) at 06:40 a.m. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) and Mr. Ameya Karulkar

Note:The group should return to Dadar by 12:00 noon. Kindly carry hat/cap, adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for a hot day.

www.bnhs.org


16th Apr, Sun                       

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

A unique opportunity to view the graceful Lesser and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. If you are lucky you may see some straggling  waders in their breeding plumage as well. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station (east)  at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: You can reach Sewri in the following ways. By train: Sewri railway station is on the  harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from Sewri West, which is close to the station;  or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway crossing. (Google Map Link:  www.goo.gl/l4hvPI)Registration*: On the spot. For details call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698), Mr. Vithoba Hegde and Mr. Vinod Patil. (Mr. Ameya Karulkar)

The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

www.bnhs.org


23rd Apr, Sun

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated north of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), and forms a corridor for animals between SGNP and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. This trail is lined with dense mixed deciduous forest. During this season one can see birds like Rufous Treepie, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown-headed Barbet, Shikra, and many more. Grade: Easy Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others. (Charges include transportation, entry, and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:00 a.m., Andheri (near Bisleri factory) at 6:20 a.m., Borivali, Opp. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (near Omkareshwar temple) 6:40 a.m., Ghodbundar Jn. (Hotel Fountain) 7:00 a.m.Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/ 22821811 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) & Mr. Ameya Karulkar

The group should return to Dadar by 12:00 noon. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for a hot day.

www.bnhs.org

 


 

30th Apr, Sun                       

 Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

 A unique opportunity to view the graceful Lesser and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. If you are lucky you may see some straggling  waders in their breeding plumage as well. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station  (east) at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: You can reach Sewri in the following ways. By train: Sewri railway station is  on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from Sewri West, which is close to  the station; or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway crossing. (Google Map Link:  www.goo.gl/l4hvPI)Registration*: On the spot. For details call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e- mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Ameya Karulkar and Mr. Vinod Patil.

The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

www.bnhs.org


LOCAL CAMPS

June, 2017

AMBOLI – LAND OF THE FLYING FROG

Nestled at the crest of the Western Ghats at a height of above 2,000 feet, Amboli is the last hill station in Maharashtra before the coastal highlands of Goa. Misty weather, rejuvenating rain, cool climate and lush evergreen forest form the perfect setting for reptiles and amphibians. It is also one of the best places to see the Malabar Gliding Frog. The forest here reverberates with the calls of various frogs and toads in colourful and loud display, singing in beautiful synchronisation to attract their lady love. Amboli is part of a Biodiversity Hotspot and we can see amphibians and reptiles like Fungoid Frog, Bi-coloured Frog, Amboli Bush-frog, Amboli Toad,  Beddome’s Cat Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Green Vine Snake, Malabar Pit Viper, and various caecilians.

Date:

Batch I: 30th June–2nd July, 2017

Batch II: 7th–9th July, 2017 (On Demand)

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp charges: Rs. 5,900/- for members, and Rs. 6,500/- for others. (ex-Sawantwadi).

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis in Hotel.

Reporting:Pick up at Sawantwadi Railway Station  at 9:30 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Sawantwadi ST Railway Station  at 4:00 p.m. on the last day. Kindly book your tickets accordingly, pick-up and drop timing may change depending on timing of Konkan Kanya Express.

How to get there: Bus – This is the best option to reach Sawantwadi; Every Mumbai – Goa bus halts at Sawantwadi. Buses can be booked through www.redbus.in.

Train – Sawantwadi Railway station is about 8 km from the ST Depot.Konkan Kanya Express (10111) reaches Sawantwadi at 8:22 a.m. Note: The train timing and schedule for Konkan Railway during monsoon is fluctuating and prone to delays due to landslides.

Registration*:Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

www.bnhs.org