Pawalgarh is home to more than 365 species of birds, making it a birding haven. Unlike Corbett National Park, you walk the trails at Pawalgarh, listen to the bird calls, photograph them...all on foot.
Pawalgarh declared Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve in the beautiful, vast and rich forests of Ramangar Forest Division. The Conservation Reserve has been finally notified in Dec. 2012. It has area of 60 sq. km. The area is drained by Dabka River and has prime forests of Sal and other species. Baur River flows to the east of the area. The entire landscape in the foothills of Nainital range of mountains. It covers mixed and riverine forest, grasslands, dense Sal, rocky river-beds, inhabitation and agriculture. The area is gaining quite popularity due to its birdlife diversity.
Pawalgarh, Sitabani and Kotabagh are situated in the newly declared conservation reserve in the beautiful ,vast and rich forests of ramnagar forest division which in turn is a part of the tarai arc landscape. the conservation reserve was notified in dec 2012 encompassing an area of nearly 60 sq km. the area had been the home turf of jim corbett and many of his writings are set in this area. sandani gaza a beautiful large grassland in proximity of riverine forests is located 5km south-east of powalgarh frh. according to jim corbett, sandani gaja in addition to being the most beautiful spot for hundred miles round is noted for its birdlife.the area primarily drained by dabka river and has prime forests of sal and other species. baur river flows to the east of the area. kotabagh plateau is under inhabitation and agriculture but the forest edges are rich in birdlife. the entire landscape in the backdrop of nainital range of mountains is a mosaic of dense sal ,mixed riverine forest, grasslands,rocky river-beds, inhabitation and agriculture. the area is already attracting a large number of birdwatching visitors on account of its diverse birdlife,estimated to be over 365 bird.
Birds of Pawalgarh
Black franacolin, Grey faracolin, Jungle Bush Quiail, Red Junglefowl, Kalij Pheasant, Indian peafowl, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Shelduk, Cotton Pygmy-gooes, Gadwall Marrard, Red -crested Pochard, Comman porhard, Northen Shoveler, Bar-headed Geese, Little Grebe,Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Wolly-necked stork, Black Strok, Glossy ibis, Red-naped ibis, Cinnammon Bittern, Black-crowned night heron, Indian pond Heron, Great Egret, Grey heron, Purple Heron, Striated Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Little cormorant, Indian cormorant, Great cormorant, Oriental Darter, Great thick-knee, Collered Falconet, Common Kestrel, Oriental Hobby, Peregrian Falcon, Black -winged kite, Black kite, Black-eared kite, Oriental honey-buzzard, Bearded Valture, White-rumped valture, Himalayan Vulture, Griffon Valture, Indian Valture King valture, Cinereous Valture, Egyptian valture, Shorttoed Snake Eagle, Crested serpent Eagle, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Shikra, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Besara, Long-leddge Buzzard, Pallas’s fish Eagle, White -eyed Buzzard, Lesser fish Eagle, Black Eagle.
Birds Trails of Pawalgarh
- Pawalgarh to Karda Srot.
- Pawalgarh to Kyari.
- Sitabani to Moteshawar Mahadev.
- Kyari to Pehal Ghat.
Pawalgarh is home to more than 365 species of birds, making it a birding haven. Unlike Corbett National Park, you walk the trails at Pawalgarh, listen to the bird calls, photograph them...all on foot. With 32 species of mammals, more than 125 species of butterflies, and more moths than you count, Pawalgarh is a wildlife paradise!
Pawalgarh Prakrati Prahari
Pawalgarh Prakrati Prahari, a local youth group (www.pawalgarh.org) offers nature tours, rural-based homestays and program for schools and institutions. Trained nature guides have undergone more than 60 mandays of training from experts.
Best Time to Visit
The best birding is often between dawn and 11am, when birds are most active. This is particularly the case in the spring and early summer, when birds sing in the early morning.