Ecological experts will be visiting the Sultanpur National Park next week to conduct a survey to find out what kind of flora and fauna is needed to attract more migratory birds.
It is after a gap of 15 years that such a survey would be conducted. Authorities are hopeful that the two-year project would help in transforming the park into a tourist hotspot.
Last year, the forest department had renovated the park during which it planted various varieties of trees like Gullar, Peepal, Bargad, Pilkhan, among others. Now, with the survey, the department hopes to make the park a hub of migratory birds.
“There was an imperative need for the survey. We want more migratory birds to come to the park. A team of experts will help us in finding what kind of flora and fauna is suitable for the migratory birds,” said divisional forest officer Shyam Sunder.
Experts from the Botanical Survey of India and Zoological Survey of India will be carrying out the survey.
Spread over 359 acres of land, Sultanpur National Park is a bird paradise. The pond area is spread across 180 acres of land while the rest provides habitat for terrestrial birds.
The common resident species are Little Egret, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Little Brown Dove, Indian Crested Lark, Red Vented Bulbul, Magpie Robin, among others.
Every year, about 90 species of migratory birds arrive here in search of feeding grounds.
In winter, the sanctuary provides a charming view of with migratory birds like Rosy Pelican and Spotted Sand Piper adorning the park.