of the major wildlife sanctuaries attractions
of Uttar Pradesh, Nawabganj
Birds Sanctuary is a great weekend trip from
and Lucknow. The small sanctuary, spread in an
area of 2.246 sq km, attracts hundreds of migratory
birds species during
winters. The sanctuary is mainly the area around
a shallow lake The lake
forms a perfect place for the migratory and water
birds for a long stay. As a part of conservation
of lake and its surroundings, Government of Uttar
Pradesh declared the area as a sanctuary in 1984,
since then this scantuary is being managed and
protected under the Wild Life Protection Act,
1972. The picturesque sanctuary is an ideal for
photographers and picnic lovers. To enhance the
knowledge of visitors regarding birds, an Interpretation
Centre is established in the Sanctuary. It has
the provision of film shows related to wildlife.
A motel, restaurant
and small eateries around the sanctuary makes
it an ideal location for a great weekend trip.
The avian population here comprises a mix of residents
as well as migratory birds. The birds migrate
across Himalayas from Tibet, China, Europe and
Siberia during winters. Some of these birds fly
over 5000 km and above 8500 mts.
high to reach here. Some of the major migratory
birds during the season are Greylag
Goose, Pintail, Cotton teal,
Red Crested pochard,
Coot and Mallard. Some major local migratory and
residential birds are Spotbill,
Sarus crane, Painted
Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, Dabchick,
teal, Open billed stork, White necked stork, Pheasant
tailed jacana, Bronze
winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, Lapwing, Tern vulture,
Pigeon, King crow, Indian roller and Bee eater.
Deer Park A small park, comprising
the deers has been
established in the vicinity of the sanctuary.
There are Spotteddeers
in the park. It is one of the main attractions
in the sanctuary. Reptiles The major reptiles
found in the sanctuary are Cobra, Viper, Krait,
Ratsnake and Water
snakes as well as some turtles.
The Nawabganj Birds Sanctuary is 45 Km from Kanpur
railway station. Amuasi Airport, Lucknow is 35
Km and Lucknow railway station is 55 Km from the
Sanctuary. One can very easily get taxis and buses
from these places to sanctuary.