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Learning about birds and butterflies

mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2012 01:34 IST
Renuka Rao
Renuka Rao
Hindustan Times
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Several people craned their necks to hear the call of the coppersmith barbet early on Saturday morning at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli. As part of the No TV Day festivities, 110 people went on a nature trail organised by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

Some like Harshad Prabhu, 42, came from as far as Dombivli. "My 11-year-old son Adi is a big fan of bird-watching. I couldn't wait to bring him here, " he says.

The guided trek gave insights into the flora and fauna, led by veteran naturalists such as Sanal Nair, who has been conducting nature trails for more than 15 years. "The information BNHS gave was specific and interesting," said Kaushal Mehta, a financial advisor.

For hikers, the trail was an opportunity to indulge in the greenery. "When you live in an urban setting, breathing in such sceneries is nothing short of thrilling," said south Mumbai resident Hersh Kumbhani.

Children enjoyed the butterfly garden the most, where they learnt about the various species of colourful butterflies in the city.