Corbett National Park Has Potential Become India’s Best Birding Destination, Says British Ornithologist Carol Inskip
News Update: Jim Corbett National Park located in Nainital’s Uttarakhand is treasure inventory of a wide range of flora and fauna, they often get overlooked by tourists who want to see the royal Bengal tigers.
Corbett is Not Only about Big Cats
But tigers are not easy to catch and spot them in the wild, which in turn can leave the visitors disappointed after their jungle safari through the deep wilderness.
Those in the tourism sector predict that it is high time that the image of Jim Corbett Park as the magical land of tigers and elephant is changed. It is so because Corbett is an abode of more than 580 species of Birds, along with tigers elephants and leopard.
Who is Carol Inskip?
Legendary British Ornithologist Carol Inskipp agrees and says that Jim Corbett has the potential to become one of the top birding destinations in India. Inskipp, the co-author of some of the best books on birds in the subcontinent, is currently in India.
Speaking at an event organised by The Golden Tusk resort in Ramnagar to bring together tourism stakeholders, naturalists, and bird enthusiasts for highlighting of the birding side of Jim Corbett to the tourists, Inskipp said it is one of the most unique avian ecosystems anywhere in the world.
Bring birders back to Jim Corbett
The event, ‘The Song of Corbett Landscape’, aimed to put the ‘song’ of the ‘Land of roar, trumpet and song’ back in focus. “The biodiversity of birds in Jim Corbett is exceptionally high. It must be one of the top-three bird biodiversity spots in the Indian subcontinent. It is high time that we get more serious bird enthusiasts here,” Inskipp said.
While Jim Corbett has always been popular among bird enthusiasts, the recent large influx of tourists has turned away many.
Make birding interesting for children
75-year-old Inskipp, who has extensively studied birds in the Indian subcontinent and authored some of the most notable books about them, said that it is time to bring back the serious birders to Jim Corbett along with spreading awareness about them among the young generation.
“A bird festival is a great way to bring the enthusiasts back. I am sure that something similar can be done in Jim Corbett as well. One way you can attract people, including those with some interest, is to have fun activities for children. Get them to identify birds, their sounds, make them paint, etc,” she said.
Source – IndiaTimes