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Two forest trails to know about Mumbai's biodiversity

Witness nature at its transforming best as BNHS hosts a two forest trails deep in Mumbai's lone forest

Venture into the wilderness to experience how a change in season can affect the local flora and fauna by part icipating in two forest trails organised by the Bombay Natural History Society at its Conservation Education Centre in Goregaon (E).

Paradise Flycatcher. Pic courtesy/BNHS photo library
Paradise Flycatcher. Pic courtesy/BNHS photo library

Split over a period of a month, the two trails offer a chance to understand Mumbai's biodiversity before and during monsoon.

The first trail takes place on June 12 with the aim to study nature as it awaits for the monsoon. The second trail that kicks off on July 10, post a few showers, will reflect the forest reviving itself after the merciless summer.

Coppersmith Barbet. Pic courtesy/BNHS photo library
Coppersmith Barbet. Pic courtesy/BNHS photo library

Both trails make for a good platform to gauge flora including how changing weather affects trees like Red Silk Cotton, Pongam Tree, Kusumb, Ghost Tree, Crocodile Bark Tree and Teak.

Visitors can also hope to catch a glimpse of migratory Pied Crested Cuckoo and Indian Pitta along with birds like White-Rumped Shama, Indian Grey Hornbill, Puff-Throated Babbler, Magpie Robin, Golden Oriole and Brown-Headed Barbet.

Stream through the forest. Pic courtesy/Atul Sathe
Stream through the forest. Pic courtesy/Atul Sathe

Even locally spotted birds like Hawk Cuckoo and Peacock are active at this time of the year.

In fact, the second trail might be a good opportunity to witness myriad lilies adorn the forest floor. it might also be the ideal time to spot the many varieties of frogs that inhabit the green cover within Mumbai.

On June 12 and July 10, 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
At BNHS, Conservation Education Centre, near Film City, General Arunkumar Vaidya Marg, Goregaon (E).
Cost Rs 300 per person
Call 28429477, 9594953425
Email cecbnhs@gmail.com

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