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Khijadiya wildlife sanctuary, is a new Ramsar site, located in which state/UT?
Gujarat Two new Ramsar sites were announced on the occasion of World Wetlands Day They are Khijadiya wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat and Bakhira wildlife sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh India has a network of 49 such sites covering 1093636 hectares which is the highest in South Asia The Union Environment Ministry had earlier notified the Sultanpur National Park and Bhindawas wildlife sanctuary in Jhajjar as Ramsar sites in Haryana
Q. Khijadiya wildlife sanctuary, is a new Ramsar site, located in which state/UT?
Answer: [C] Gujarat
Notes: Two new Ramsar sites were announced on the occasion of World Wetlands Day. They are: Khijadiya wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat and Bakhira wildlife sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh. India has a network of 49 such sites covering 10,93,636 hectares, which is the highest in South Asia. The Union Environment Ministry had earlier notified the Sultanpur National Park and Bhindawas wildlife sanctuary in Jhajjar as Ramsar sites in Haryana.
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Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
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Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
Black-necked stork in Khijadiya
Location Jamnagar district, Gujarat, India
Nearest city Jamnagar
Coordinates 22°31′N 70°08′E / 22.51°N 70.14°E
Coordinates: 22°31′N 70°08′E / 22.51°N 70.14°E
Area 605 ha (1,490 acres)
Established 1982 Ramsar Wetland
Official name Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Designated 13 April 2021
Reference no. 2464Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat, India. About 300 species of migratory birds have been recorded here.
In 2022, on World Wetlands Day (2 February) it was declared as a Ramsar site.
1 Sanctuary 2 Location 3 Birds 4 Tourism 5 See also 6 References
The sanctuary is unique having both fresh water lakes, salt and freshwater marshlands. It is spread over an area of 6.05 km2. Before Indian independence, a check dam was built for storing the waters of river Ruparel just before it entered the sea. Over the years with fresh water of the rain and river on one side and salt water of the sea on the other side, a unique area was formed here. On the other side of the bund large creeks flowing from the Gulf of Kutch are located. These creeks support mangroves and other marine vegetation while on land side of the sanctuary inland vegetation like Deshi babul, Pilu, Prosopis and others are found profusely. The sanctuary is located at the watershed of Ruparel river and Kalindri at the North East coastal region of Jamnagar district in the Gulf of Kutch and has a very special and unique ecosystem. Further, as sanctuary is located near Narara Island, and has a bio-diversified coral reef.
It is located about 12 km away from Jamnagar. The nearest airport is at Jamnagar having daily direct flight to Mumbai. It was declared as a Sanctuary on 6 November 1982. It is the biggest bird sanctuary in Gujarat. Buses and taxis are available for going to sanctuary, form where in you have to walk about 3 km to reach inside the sanctuary. It is divided into 2 major parts: Part 1 and Part 2 mainly dividing salt waters and fresh waters.
Flying pattern of lesser flamingos
Great white pelicans preening
One can find both sea and shore birds, Every year over a hundreds of migratory birds species visit here to feed. In winter the sanctuary provides is a panorama of both migratory and resident birds like the Grey hypocolius, Forest wagtail, Grey-necked bunting, Black-headed bunting, Greylag goose, European roller, black-necked stork, Great white pelican, Dalmatian pelican, Lesser flamingo, Greater flamingo, great crested grebe, shikra, Indian spotted eagle, black ibis, Blue-cheeked bee-eater, Barn swallow, Crested lark, Isabelline shrike, black-winged kite, brahminy kite, pheasant-tailed jacana, great thick-knee, common greenshank, grey francolin, imperial eagle, little tern, black-tailed godwit, knob-billed duck, common crane, common teal, dunlin, garganey, Gadwall, marsh harrier, northern pintail, shoveler, Whistling ducks, Eurasian wigeon, pale harrier, demoiselle, cormorants and darters. Among the other wildlife found here are blue bull, jackal, wolf, jungle cat, mongoose, Indian hare and snakes.
All the types of nests can be seen here, the ones on tree, on ground and floating nests on water. Varieties of ducks make floating nests. For instance, the black-necked storks, which are not found easily anywhere in India, are found here in abundance.
According to reports available least 257 to 300 types of migratory birds visit the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. The noted Indian ornithologist, Salim Ali when visited the sanctuary in 1984 and he reportedly sited 104 species on a single day.
Khijadiya was declared as india's 49th Ramsar site, a wetland of International Importance recently on February 2,2022. This sanctuary provides habitat for over 310 bird species. People visit sanctuary, which has now become an eco-tourist village. The birds can be seen here from September till February–March. During the winter of 2010, an International Bird Watcher's Conference was held at Khijadiya.
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References^ "Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary". . Retrieved 2 March 2022.
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"Gujarat's Khijadia bird sanctuary is haven for over 300 migratory bird species". Hindustan Times (via HighBeam) (Subscription Required). Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
Sanctuaries in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh listed as Ramsar sites 2022
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary Jamnagar: The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh have been listed as Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.
Sanctuaries in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh listed as Ramsar sites
The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh have been listed as by the Ramsar Convention.
Sumit Arora Published On February 3rd, 2022
The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh have been listed as Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention. With this, the total number of Ramsar sites in India goes up to 49. Khijadiya has become the fourth wetland of Gujarat to get the Ramsar tag. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Thol Wildlife Sanctuary and Wadhwana wetland are the other Ramsar sites in the state. The last two were included in April last year.Buy Prime Test Series for all Banking, SSC, Insurance & other examsAbout the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary:
Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Ramsar site No. 2464), a freshwater wetland near the coast of the Gulf of Kutch, was formed following the creation of a bund (dike) in 1920 by the then ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Nawanagar to protect farmlands from saltwater ingress. The sanctuary is now part of Marine National Park, Jamnagar, the first marine national park in the country.About the Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary:
On the other hand, Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary (site no. 2465), a freshwater marsh in the Sant Kabir Nagar district, is the largest natural floodplain wetland of eastern Uttar Pradesh. The Sanctuary was established in 1980 and is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act (1972); an “eco-sensitive zone” extends up to a kilometre around its boundary.Find More Miscellaneous News Here
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