Jammu & Kashmir

‘13 lakh birds visited Valley’: Migratory birds start leaving Kashmir as spring begins

A file photo of migratory birds. This winter more than 13 lakh migratory birds visited the valley.

Srinagar: With the onset of spring, migratory birds have started leaving Kashmir valley and this winter more than 13 lakh migratory birds have visited the valley.

Officials told the news agency Kashmir News Observer that keeping their centuries-old relationship with Kashmir, these birds visit Kashmir every year and enjoy the temperate climate here.

“During the month of October, these birds start migration from Siberia, China, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Japan to the valley and stay here for about five to six months”, they said, adding that around 13 lakh migratory birds visited Kashmir from October last year

“The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has taken up restoration of wetlands on priority. Various departments of the Government are working for the restoration of wetlands under their respective jurisdictions”, officials said.

Ifshan Dewan, Kashmir’s wildlife warden (wetlands), told the news agency that the birds start migrating to Kashmir at the end of October and leave the valley in mid-March.

“Some birds are still present in wetlands and departure of birds remains usual as of previous years”, she said.

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