Bundala coastal wetlands in southern Sri Lanka a haven for birds and famed for rich and colourful biodiversity


Philippines-based travel blog Finding Jing was recently in Sri Lanka’s “incredibly thrilling” Bundala National Park, a birdwatchers’ paradise.

Her watchwords are: “Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. And sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you fund yourself.”

And she found herself in this amazing coastal wetlands “that provides refuge to around 197 species of resident and migratory birds, diverse plant species and various other animals”.


She writes that the Bundala Biosphere Reserve was declared as a Ramsar site in May 1991 by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that seeks to promote conservation of wetlands and their resources through national action and international cooperation.

“Why the concern for wetlands? Living beings should be thanking wetlands for nurturing biodiversity, providing habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, flood protection, filtration of pollutants from surface water and providing productive food supply to rivers.”


She concludes by saying that “for ardent birders, Bundala will definitely be on top of the best national parks in Sri Lanka.

“The rich biodiversity, the beautiful colors, watching the birds in flight and listening to unique bird tweets, have the power to convert a non-bird enthusiast into being one.

“It goes to say that you don’t have to be keen birder to enjoy a Bundala National Park Safari.”

Read more here.


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