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Biodiversity Heritage Sites

“Biodiversity Heritage Sites” (BHS) are well defined areas that are unique, ecologically fragile ecosystems - terrestrial, coastal and inland waters and, marine  having rich biodiversity comprising of any one or more of the following components: richness of wild as well as domesticated species or intra-specific categories, high endemism, presence of rare and threatened species, keystone species, species of evolutionary significance, wild ancestors of domestic/ cultivated species or their varieties, past pre-eminence of biological components represented by fossil beds and having significant cultural, ethical or aesthetic values and are important for the maintenance of cultural diversity, with or without a long history of human association with them. (Source: NBA, India) more... http://nbaindia.org/content/106/29/1/bhs.html

 
 
 Map showing Biodiversity Hotspots of India (As on August, 2020)

 

List of Biodiversity Heritage Sites (As on August, 2020)

 

S. No.

Name of the Site

State

Name of the District

Taluk

Area

Importance of the area

Government Notification

1

Nallur Tamarind Grove

 Karnataka

Bengaluru

Devanahalli

54 acres

It is popularly believed to be a relic of the Chola Dynasty that ruled nearly 800 years ago, is spectacle of awesome wonder and a freakish site. This BHS spread over 54 acres comprising a population of nearly 300 trees, is a picture of dynamic pattern of plant diversity. The significant component of this popular structure is a group of old plants standing like ageless sentinels, firmly rooted to the ground with their gigantic trunks, along with large picturesque crowns spread very high and aloft like open wings.

Aaapaji 154 ENV 2006, B'lore dt.24.01.2007

2

Hogrekan

 Karnataka

Chikmagalur

Kadur, Balliganuru

2508.15 acres

The area has unique Shola vegetation and grass land with number of floral species which are unique and having lot of medicinal value. Hogrekan is moderately wooded land and its vegetation is of dry deciduous type and has a link with Bababudanagiri and Kemmangundi, adjoining Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Yemmedode Tiger Reserve and serving as "Wildlife Corridor" between Kudremukha and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

No.FEE.35 ENV 2009 dated 4.9.2010

3

University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bengaluru

 Karnataka

Bengaluru

--

167 hectares

The GKVK campus is considered one of the greenest areas in Bengaluru. Biological diversity of this campus constitutes a critical repository of various forms of flora and fauna (including 13 sp of mammals, 10 sp of reptiles, 165 sp of birds and 530 sp of plants) which needs to be protected nurtured to posterity.

No.FEE.132 ENV 2009 dated 2.9.2010

4

Ambaraguda

Karnataka

Shimoga

 

3857.12 hectares

It is a revenue land located between Sharavathi Wild Life Sanctuary and Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. It has Shola vegetation which is primitive vegetation in the Western Ghat and also has grasslands.

2011

5

Glory of Allapalli

Maharashtra

Gadchiroli

---

6 hectares

It is a reserved forest being preserved as natural forest having biological, ethinical and historical values.

No.WLP.0914/C.R.317/M-1 dated 15th July 2014

6

Tonglu BHS under the Darjeeling Forest Division

West Bengal

Darjeeling

---

230 hectares

It is a Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas

No.716-ENT/T-11-7/003-ii/2003 dated 20th March, 2015

7

Dhotrey BHS under the Darjeeling Forest Division

West Bengal

Darjeeling

---

180 hectares

It is a Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas

No.716-ENT/T-11-7/003-ii/2003 dated 20th March, 2015

8

Dialong Village

Manipur

Tamenglong

---

11.35 Sq.km

---

No.24/3/2017-For &ENVT dt. 23rd May, 2017

9

Ameenpur lake

Telangana

Sangareddy

Ameenpur

---

---

449/EFS&T (FOR.II) Department, dated 21.11.2016

10

Majuli

Assam

Majuli

---

875 Sq.km

It is an island situated in the Brahmaputra River which is harboring unique Ecological and Cultural Heritage.

FRW 57/2005/Vol.II/14 dated 29th March, 2017

11

Ghariyal Rehabilitation Centre

Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow

Kukrail Reserve Forest

10 Hectares

It is a centre established for conservation and rehabilitation of critically endangered species of Gharial.

1348/XVI-5-2016-15/2016 dated 11th August, 2016

12

Chilkigarh Kanak Durga

West Bengal

Jhargram

Chilkigarh

55.9 Acres (Perimeter Of 1,969 Meters)

Chilkigarh Kanak Durga Sacred Grove is a remnant forest with traditional beliefs and taboos of local inhabitants and rich in biodiversity covering an area of 55.9 acres in Jhargram District of West Bengal.

No. 926/EN/T-II-7/003-II/2003 dt 16th April 2018

13

Khlaw Kur  Syiem KmieIng

Meghalaya

Ri-Bhoi

Umling

16.05 ha

It is a mosaic of natural habitats along with significant diversity of life forms. It is also an old  Sacred Grove with monoliths and religious spots.

No. FOR.53/2018/59 dated 13th December, 2018  issued by Government of Meghalaya

14

Mandasaru

Odisha

Kandhamal

Raikia

528 ha

Mandasaru gorge is an adobe of 1563 species of plants, animals and fungi spreaded over an area of 528 ha.

Office Order issued by Government of Odisha

15

Purvatali Rai

Goa

North Goa

Bicholim

7300 Sq. mts.

Sacred Grove

Office Order issued by Government of Goa

16

Naro Hills

Madhya Pradesh

Satna

 

200 hect

Unique and varied geology and it supports a large number of ecosystem and species of Flora and Fauna.

Notifications by Government of Madhya Pradesh

17

Patalkot

Madhya Pradesh

Chhindwara

 

8367.49 hect.,

terrain of 1700 feet deep valley and ecosystem of estimated age of 6 Million years and species of rare flora and fauna including rare Bryophytes and Pteridopytes;

Notification by Government of Madhya Pradesh

18

Asramam

Kerala

Kollam

 

57.53 hect.,

The BHS hosts a unique diversity of Mangrove species with diverse flora and fauna. The area harbours 15 sp. of true mangroves, 22 sp. of mangroves associated. 122 sp. of plants, 34 sp. of edible fish and about 62 sp. of birds. Most importantly, the site has the rare and endangered heritage trees of Syzygium travancoricum which is listed as critically endangered in IUCN Red List.

Notification by Government of Kerala

  (Source: http://nbaindia.org)