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Major biodiversity of poovar beach along the Neyaar River: a tourism destination of Kerala, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environment and Climate Change, Trivandrum-695024, Kerala, India
  • 2Ambika Prasad Research Foundation (APRF), Cuttack-753014, Odisha, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 72-75, February,22 (2017)

Abstract

The biodiversity of Estuary and Backwaters always show the virginity in the exploration of flora and fauna. They also the harbor of many medicinal plants, avifauna and other taxa. Due to salinity, plants develop the defense mechanisms by synthesizing some secondary metabolites which show the medicinal potential for human beings. During a weekend visit along the Neyaar River, we could identify many beneficial indicators of rich biodiversity near Poovar beach. It is a prime tourist destination near the capital of the state of Kerala. A cursory observation revealed that the most prominent flora are Cerbera odollam, Barringtonia racemosa, Cocos nucifera etc and most visible avifauna are Haliastur indus, Corvus splendens, Bubulcus ibis, Ardeola grayii etc. It was also observed that the place is a prime tourist destination of the Capital of said state and the movement of the water boat have been disturbing the balance of the ecosystem. The present study highlights the importance of the area as rich biodiversity spot and recommends the needed action for the conservation of the coastal ecosystems.

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