Bird numbers decline in Bundala | Daily News


 

Bird numbers decline in Bundala

The Bundala National Park is losing its value as a birdwatching site as large numbers of wild elephants are invading territories of birds and this has led to a low number of bird-watchers.

Residents of the area said the income generated from birdwatching at the park has dropped due to the decline of the number of bird-watchers frequenting the area.

When queried about the issue, Southern Province Assistant Wildlife Director Prasanna Wimaladasa said the Bundala National Park is a wetland which is a haven for resident as well as migratory birds and the flowing of excess water from the Malala Aara to the Bundala Lagoon was the main reason behind the decline of bird numbers at the park as the excess water was attracting elephants, who scare them off while creating shortage of food for them.

 


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