Amazing urban wetland helps preserve and nurture Sri Lanka’s abundant biodiversity

The Diyasaru Wetland Park in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is being hailed as a major development for preserving and nurturing the island’s abundant biodiversity.

Mirror Life reports that the 60 acres of wetland tucked away behind the parliament complex in Sri Jaywardenapura Kotte is intended to encourage us all to respect our varied ecosystems.

It also “provides relief for flood-stress, the stress of carbon dioxide emission to the environment, and finally to de-stress all individuals who enter the park”.

The park is home to 28 species of dragonflies, an indicator of clean water for they won’t lay eggs elsewhere and are unable to complete their life cycle without it.

They share the environment with five fishing cats, otters, 28 species of reptiles, seven species of mammals and over 80 species of birds, plus a dedicated zone for butterflies that has over 40 species. The list goes on!

A conservation project now underway includes observing the behaviour of the fishing cat, an officially endangered species one might never spot anywhere else in the Western Province.

The wetland park will be a paradise for birdwatchers and nature photographers when completed with a birdwatching tower and other developments that are sure to elevate the experience to the next level.

Earlier this year The Annual Migrant Bird Watch hosted by Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGL) was also held at ‘Diyasaru’, while students from schools and universities visit the park for educational purposes.

With the construction of the study centre and developments added to the existing laboratory, the park is sure to be a complete educational experience to all who share an interest in the subject.

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