Only a few decades ago no one quite knew what to do with the sprawling scrubland that is the Nanmangalam Reserve Forest (NRF) , but not anymore. It is all set to emerge as a nature lover’s preserve. Thanks to the nearly Rs 3 crore government fund, the state forest department is in the process of finalising the modalities of preserving the forest . Topping the list is a plan to erect a compound wall around a sizable portion of the now porous forest, which lies on the Tambaram-Velachery Main Road in Chennai .
The intervention by the state government to restore the Pallikarnai marshland has started yielding results and the sighting of migratory birds has improved in the past few months. Rare birds such as Comb Duck have started visiting the marsh and the bird population in the marsh has improved, according to environmentalists and ornithologists.
Despite severe urbanisation, Chennai continues to be abode for bird watching. Guindy National Park, Nanmangalam forest and Pallikaranai marsh are some of eco-rich spots. The Guindy Children’s Park houses a variety of birds in captivity. The densely populated and highly-urbanised Chennai is a veritable habitat for bird watching and is not just a concrete jungle. It is a bird-watcher’s paradise.