Peringamkulam is a pond located at Perambra in Kodakara Panchayath, Thrissur district, close to NH 47. Till one year back this pond was in an abandoned condition, full of weeds and even separation between land and water was not visible. Wastes including plastics scattered on the surface in between the weeds was a common sight. In 2014, Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES) conducted a Biodiversity assessment study for Apollo Tyres, in their campus at Perambra and the surrounding areas. As part of this study 38 ponds in Kodakara GP was listed and Peringamkulam got special mention. It has a history of 200 years and was a big pond of about 1 acre in area until National highway Authority took more than half of the pond in 1970s. TIES suggested to initiate a no...Posted by TIES / Posted on Apr , 20 2016
Kochi: The furious Pace of urban life leaves little time for average Kochiite to care for what used to be the ubiquitous, chirpy house sparrows. The neglect has resulted in serious depletion in their numbers despite the enormous joy they bring to our lives.
However, that looks set to end with an initiative by the Tropical Institute of Ecological Science, Kottayam, which is encouraging everyone to offer a space for the winged beings even in the urban surroundings. In Kochi, the call has taken up seriously by the Greater Cochin Development Authority. The volunteers under its aegis were seen preparing for the World House Sparrow Day celebrations on Sunday with a slew of measures, including erection of little nests for the birds on trees and co...Posted by Times of India / Posted on Mar , 19 2016