Dombivli’s sparrow project to preserve small birds
Dombivli residents will soon get a sparrow park where they can learn and see the birds which are fast dwindling.
To be developed at Gharda Circle, the initiative by the Rotary Club aims at preserving the birds and spreading awareness on them.
The project was launched on Thursday by mayor Rajendra Devlekar and Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde.
It will take three months for the park to be complete, said Pralhad Deshpande, a Rotarian.
The club said the number of smaller birds has decreased by 70% in last three decades.
“Many reasons such as radiation hazards due to mobile towers, air pollution, concrete jungle and the change and loss of the natural habitat are responsible for the loss in numbers,” said Deshpande.
“The park will create an artificial habitat for sparrows and other small birds. It will also create a conducive environment for breeding of these birds. It would be a tourist attraction for families, especially children who will develop an interest in birds,” he said.
The garden will have a dome of fabricated mesh through which only small birds can enter. This will protect them from predators such as crows, hawks and kites which otherwise destroy their eggs and chicks.
Rajeev Mohite, president of Rotary Club, Dombivli, said: “The sparrow park will boost ecological awareness among youngsters.”