As many as 59 tree species have been identified at Dorekere Lake, spread over 28 acres in Uttarahalli, Bengaluru, through a survey conducted by ActionAid as part of its efforts to document biodiversity.
Ulhas Anand, naturalist and founder of EcoEdu, facilitated the survey which saw participation of children, youth and nature lovers, documenting a total of 767 trees in the lake. Among these trees, 746 trees were identified around the lake area and 21 trees were identified in the island area of the lake. As many as 169 trees were planted, making it the highest, followed by 87 large-leaved mahogany trees, 40 Indian badam trees, 36 jamun trees, followed by other local and foreign species like Siamese Cassia, Ho Arasi, Indian Tulip also known as Portia, Nile Tulip, Rain tree, Singapore cherry and many more.
Talking to HinduThe survey will help in understanding more species that can be grown in the lake, says Mr. Anand, “The tree survey will provide more guidance on what species can be grown. We are trying to understand how the planting process took place in and around the lake. There is a mixture of ficus and arjuna trees Lots of Hong trees and many common species. More species can be brought in for more biodiversity in the lake. This survey is a starting point for further planning.
Biodiversity documentation is an effort to document the plants and animals found in or that visit a lake. It is also an effort to involve communities in the documentation and awareness-raising process. Speaking about the biodiversity documentation project, Raghavendra P. said: Pachapur, senior project lead at ActionAid, said the operation would help local residents appreciate and start conserving the lake.
“Not only does this lake have good water quality, it also has a lot of flora and fauna that need to be preserved. This biodiversity documentation will help document all types of biodiversity in the lake including birds, trees, shrubs, plants, spiders, butterflies and other types of biodiversity.” “In my experience, this lake also has one of the best islands among the lakes in Bengaluru. The plants on the island help the birds to rest and roost, which is why it is important to preserve the lake and grow more biodiversity here. “We could have done “This survey is our own, but we want local areas to be a part of it and appreciate this beautiful lake they have.”