Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Activity Update February 2017: Satpura Tiger Reserve


Nature camp at Anhoni - our Conservation Officer Ashfaq talking to children

Chirrai -  Our field assistant Hamid Khan speaks about nature and wildlife
to school children

Churni - Nature camp for village schools

Jhirpa - Plastic litter is bundled into sacks for disposal 

Jhirpa - Students remove organic litter and scum
from a water body used by wildlife

Matkuli - Programme organised by us to train villagers
 to make products from lantana

Matkuli - Villagers learn to make furniture from lantana

Pisuwa - School students dig soak pit next to hand pump in school

Team:  Ashfaq Aarbi – Conservation Officer
             Hameed Khan – Field assistant                                                        

·      1 anti-plastic campaign programme at Jhirpa
·      12 water conservation voluntary work projects during the month – built 4 check dams,  2 soak pits dug, 6 water bodies cleaned
·      4 awareness programmes on vermi-compost
·      10 vermi-compost tanks constructed at Matkuli
·      Classroom visits to 14 schools as part of our environment education program – attended by 707 students
·      Arranged lantana training at Matkuli
·      Arranged 2 nature camp programmes at Anhoni and Churni
·      Visit to check on status of 10 villages which have already been relocated


During February, we organised 1 anti-plastic programme and 12 programmes related to water conservation

On February 4, we organised a programme to clean one water body in the jungle around 3 km from Anhoni village. The water body was covered with leaves and organic litter and animals were finding it difficult to drink. Our team, consisting of Ashfaq Aarbi, Hamid and 35 children from Matkuli cleared the litter and made the water body accessible to the animals again. Spotted deer are regularly spotted around this water body while there are occasional sightings of sloth bears and leopards.

Five similar programmes were organised at Jhirpa, Mehandikheda, Pisuwa, Bindakheda and Mehandikheda on February 23, 25, 26 and 27.

On February 22, we organised an anti-plastic drive to clear plastic/polythene litter from the jungle near Jhirpa. Our team consisted of Ashfaq Aarbi, the local forest guard and teacher and 37 children from Government Middle School, Jhirpa.

On February 24, we organised a program to dig a soak pit at Pisuwa. 16 children from the village school joined hands with Ashfaq in digging the pit, which will take spillover water from a hand pump on the Government Middle School premises. The pit will help to recharge the water table around the hand pump.

On February 25, we organised a programme to build a check dam on a stream around 4 km from Mehandikheda village. A team comprising of 12 students from Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Matkuli, one teacher and Ashfaq built the dam. The resultant water body will benefit domestic livestock in the day time and wildlife at nights. Spotted deer, monkeys and leopards are spotted in the area.     

Similar programmes were organised at Mehandikheda and Matkuli on February 25 and 27.

During the month, we organised 4 awareness programmes on vermi-compost and constructed 10 vermi-compost tanks at Matkuli with the support of the Agriculture Department. We also trained villagers in making vermi-compost to reduce their dependence on chemical fertilisers.


During the month, our team organised 14 lectures to educate students about nature and wildlife conservation.

Nature camp

On February 3-4, we organised residential nature camp at Anhoni for school children to teach them about nature and wildlife. This programme was attended by Mr. Aashish Kumar Khobragade (Range Officer),  Rakesh Mehar ( Deputy Ranger), K.K. Pathak, Vinod (Forest Guard), Dilip Giri Goswami and Mr. Rajput, Alkesh Yadav (teachers) and 37 students from village schools in our area of operations.

A similar nature camp was organised at Churni on February 20-21.

Employment Cell
Training programme

Bio-diversity Management Committee (BMC), Matkuli organised a programme to train villagers to make products from lantana such as furniture and fancy items. Madhya Pradesh State Bio-diversity Board, Bhopal invited us to send 25 candidates from our area of operations to be trained as carpenters. We identified candidates from Mohgaon, Chillod, and Chandanpipariya and Mehandikheda villages and sent them for the 10-day programme at Matkuli, which started on February 15. The entire cost of the programme is being borne by Bio-diversity Management Committee (BMC), Matkuli.

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