INDIA’S FIRST POLLINATOR PARK AT HALDWANI
INDIA’S FIRST POLLINATOR PARK WAS INAUGURATED AT HALDWANI IN NAINITAL DISTRICT OF UTTARAKHAND.
The renowned Lepidopterist and the founder of the Butterfly Research Centre (Bhimtal) Peter Smetacek inaugurated India’s First Pollinator Park. The objective of the Park is to conserve various pollinators and create awareness among the people about the importance of the conservation of the pollinators and their habitats. The park sprawls across 4 acres and it has over 40 species of butterflies, birds and insects the list also includes Common Jezebel, Common Emigrant Red Pierrot, Common Sailer, Plain Tiger, the Common Leopard, the common Moron, Common Grass Yellow, Common Blue Bottle, Common Four-Ring, Peacock Pansy, the Painted Lady, Pioneer White, Yellow-Orange tip and Lime Butterfly. At the park, the required habitat has also been created to attract various pollinators by planting local saplings. Such as Rose, Marigold, Hibiscus, Jasmine etc. Seasonal flowers like Sunflower, Guinea for summers Salvia and Aster for winters are planted. Fruit trees like Semal and Jamun are planted. The park also has an artificial water body too. Even the dry and dead trees are left in the park as they too play an important role in pollination.
180,000 different plant species of the flowering plants on earth depend on pollinators for pollination.