PUNE: A survey by the state forest department in the six protected areas around Pune has found that there hasn't been much difference in the wildlife and their habitat in these areas over the last 14 years.
A statement issued by the office of the chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Sunil Limaye said that the surveyors did not find much difference overall when compared with the findings of a similar survey carried out in 2000. The data collected from the survey will be sent to the state's chief wildlife warden Sarjan Bhagat where the state-wide data will be compiled.
The survey was conducted between January 16 and 23 in six protected areas within the jurisdiction of the Pune wildlife division -- Bhimashankar, Supa, Nannaj, Gangewadi, Rehekuri and Karmala. Special training was given to the forest staff in November for carrying out the survey which is done once in four years, it added.
The survey was conducted using the line-transect method. The six protected areas were divided into 34 zones where transect lines of between two and four km were set up. The staff spent a couple of days marking the transect line and another couple of days dividing the zones. Between January 21 and 23, the staff walked along the transect line making detailed notes about the biodiversity they encountered along the way.
The animals spotted during the survey include Indian Giant Squirrels and monkeys in Bhimashankar, chinkaras and peacocks in Supa, antelopes and jackals in Nannaj and Karmala. Chinkaras were also spotted in Karmala while antelopes were found in Rehkuri. The surveyors also recorded a variety of trees, shrubs, herbs and grass.