Betana wetland Rich in Birdlife, Aquatic Plant Resources & a Tourism hub

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Betana wetland, Betana Simsar
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The Betana wetland, located in Morang’s Belbari, is a renowned tourist destination with Rich in Birdlife, Aquatic Plant Resources | Betana Simsar

The wetlands receive between 500 and 800 visitors every day, according to the wetland’s records, contributing to its yearly revenue of Rs. 15 million.

The marsh is home to a variety of turtle species, fish, birds, and a variety of flora and fauna.

It is well-known for its tranquil atmosphere.

Betana Wetland Community Forest User Group was created in 2061 BS to deal with the region’s conversation.

The discussion committee intended to adopt a 20-year master plan for the region’s growth and promotion.

The committee hopes to promote Betana Wetland as a key tourism destination in collaboration with communities and government agencies.

Betana Wetland

Aside from the Betana forest, which covers 174.91 hectares, the region also has a 16 percent wetland.

The forest has taken up 98 percent of the land, with only 6% of it being fertile.

The master development plan divides the community forest area into three development categories: social, religious, and economic development.

The master plan also includes a full situational analysis of the wetland’s geological, biological, economic, and social scenarios, as well as a map and overall design of the park’s structure.

Betana Wetland

Similarly, wetlands officials carry out work in a restricted region in order to conserve the trees in the higher reaches of the wetlands.

They keep an eye on a national wildlife refuge, a crocodile breeding center, an ecological resort, and a research facility.

It also encompasses the protection of native fish species, as well as marine and lands wildlife.

Crocodile breeding and turtle conservation activities are carried out to protect the survival of these threatened species.

In addition to focusing on waste management, the construction of a swimming pool or an artificial lake for boating and fishing is also a high priority.

Additional development projects in the Betana Wetlands are managed by Harit Nepal Development Pvt. Ltd.

The firm is laying electricity lines and developing telephone and internet connection mediums, as well as monitoring drinking water distribution. According to Keshab Aryal, an officer with the contractor company, a technical group of nine employees is involved with this project.

Interaction programs with local officials, lawmakers, journalists, and other stakeholders are held on a regular basis to effectively continue the development of the master plan.

Participants in the interaction program provided feedback on the master project.

Additional development projects in the Betana Wetlands are managed by Harit Nepal Development Pvt. Ltd.

The firm is laying electricity lines and developing telephone and internet connection mediums, as well as monitoring drinking water distribution.

According to Keshab Aryal, an officer with the contractor company, a technical group of nine employees is involved with this project.

Betana Wetland

Interaction programs with local officials, lawmakers, journalists, and other stakeholders are held on a regular basis to effectively continue the development of the master plan.

Participants in the interaction program provided feedback on the master project.

The master project for the development and promotion of the Betana wetland is anticipated to cost roughly 1.5 billion rupees.

Ornithological composition of Betana wetland

S.NoOrderFamilyCommon nameScientific nameLocal nameSSAB
1AccipitriformesAccipitridaeBlack kiteMilvus migrans (Boddaert,1783)KalocheelWVUC
2AccipitriformesAccipitridaeGrey-headed Fish eagleIcthyophaga humilis a
(Muller,S & Schlegel, 1841)
Machha-kulRO
3AccipitriformesPandionidaeOspreyPandion haliaetus (Linnaeus,1758)Malaha cheelWVUC
4AccipitriformesAccipitridaeCrested Serpent EagleSpilornis cheela
(Latham,1790)
KakakulRUC
5AnseriformesAnatidaeCommon TealAnas crecca
(Linnaeus,1758)
Vijula GairiWVC
6AnseriformesDendroygnidaeLesser Whistling DuckDendrocygna javanica (Horsfield, 1821)SilsileWVUC
7BucerotiformesUpupidaeCommon HoopoeUpupa epops
(Linnaeus,1758)
Fafre charaRFC
8CharadriiformesCharadriidaeRed- wattled  LapwigVanellusindicus (Boddaert,1783)HuttityaunRC
9CharadriiformesJacanidaeBronze-winged JacanaMetopidiusindicus  
(Latham, 1790)
Lama aunleRFC
10CiconiiformesCiconiidaeLesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicus b (Horsfield,1821)Bhundifor garudRO
11CiconiiformesCiconiidaeAsian Open billAnastomus oscitans (Boddaert,1783)Ghungifor garudSVUC
12ColumbiformesColumbidaeRock PigeonColumba livia     
(Gmelin, 1789
ParewaRFC
13ColumbiformesColumbidaeSpotted doveStreptopelia chinensis
(Scopoli, 1786)
Kurle dhukurRFC
14ColumbiformesColumbidaeEurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto (Frivaldszky, 1838)Kanthe dhukurRFC
15CoraciiformesAlcedinidaeStork-billed KingfisherHalcyon capinsis (Linnaeus,1766)ThulomatikoreRO
16CoraciiformesCoraciidaeDollar birdEurystomus orientalis (Linnaeus, 1766)Lal chuche theuwaSVO
17CoraciiformesAlcedinidaeWhite-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis    (Linnaeus, 1758)SetokanthematikoreRO
18CoraciiformesMeropidaeChestnut-headed Bee-eaterMerops leschenaultia  (Linnaeus,1758)Katus tauke Murali charaSVUC
19CuculiformesCuculidaeIndian CuckooCuculus micropterus (Gould, 1838)Kaphal pakyoSVO
20CuculiformesCuculidaeGreater CouckalCentropus sinensis
(Stephens, 1815)
Dhade gokulWVC
21GruiformesRallidaeWhite-brested WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus    (Pennant, 1769)Sim kukhuraRFC
22PasseriformesCorvidaeLarge-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos  (Wagler,1827)KalokagRC
23PasseriformesCorvidaeRufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabunda (Latham,1790)KokaleRO
24PasseriformesCorvidaeHouse CrowCorvus splendens 
(Vieillot, 1817)
GharkagRFC
25PasseriformesDicuridaeBlack DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
(Vieillot, 1817)
KalochibeRFC
26PasseriformesDicuridaeCrow billed DrongoDicrurus annectans (Hodgson,1838)Kagthude chibeSVFC
27PasseriformesDicuridaeGeater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus 
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Bhimraj chibeRC
28PasseriformesOriolidaeGolden   OrioleOriolus oriolus
(Linnaeus,1758)
Gajale sunchariSVUC
29PasseriformesOriolidaeBlack- headed OrioleOriolus xanthornus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Kalotauke sunchariRUC
30PasseriformesSturnidaeCommon MynaAcridotheres tristis
(Linnaeus, 1766)
DangrerupiRFC
31PasseriformesSturnidaeAsian Pied StarlingGracupica contra
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Danger saraunRFC
32PasseriformesLaniidaeLong-tailed ShrikeLanius schach 
(Linnaeus, 1758)
BhadraiWVUC
33PasseriformesPasseridaeHouse SparrowPasser domesticus (Linnaeus,1758)BhageraRFC
34PasseriformesPycnonotidaeRed-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer
(Linnaeus, 1766)
JureliRFC
35PasseriformesMuscicapidaeOriental Magpie RobinCopsychus saularis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Dhobi charaRFC
36PasseriformesLeiothrichidaeJungle BabblerTurdoides striata 
(Dumont, 1823)
Bagale vyakurRC
37PelicaniformesArdeidaeIndian Pond HeronArdeola  grayii
(Sykes,1832)
Askote bakullaRFC
38PelicaniformesArdeidaePurple HeronArdea purpurea  (Linnaeus,1766)Dhyani bakullaWVO
39PelicaniformesArdeidaeGreat egretArdea alba
(Linnaeus,1758)
Thulo seto bakullaRC
40PelicaniformesArdeidaeCattle egretBubulcus ibi
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Bastu bakullaRC
41PelicaniformesArdeidaeIntermediate EgretArdea intermedia
(Wagler, 1827)
Sano bakullaRC
42PelicaniformesThreskiornithidaeBlack ibisPseudibus papillosa (Temminck,1824)Karra sawariWVO
43PiciformesMegalaimidaeBlue-throated BarbetMegalaima asiatica
(Latham, 1790)
KuthukreRO
44PiciformesPicidaeFulvous-brested woodpeckerDendrocopos macei
(Vieillot, 1818)
Kastha kutRC
45PsittaciformesPsittacidaeRose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri
(Scopoli, 1769)
Kanthe sugaRC
46StrigiformesStrigidaeSpotted OwletAthene brama
(Temminck, 1821)
LaatkoseroRC
47StrigiformesStrigidaeJungle OwletGlaucidium radiatum     
(Tickell, 1833)
DundulRC
48StrigiformesStrigidaeBrawn Hawk OwlNinox scutulata     
(Raffles, 1822)
Kaal pechakRO
49SuliformesPhalacrocoracidaeLittle  CormorantPhalacrocorax niger
(Vieillot, 1817)
Saano jalewaWVFC
Source: https://symbiosisonlinepublishing.com/

Aquatic Plant Resources of Betana Wetland

Between January 2008 and December 2009, 84 aquatic plant species from 71 genera and 41 families were discovered in Betana pond. Helophytes (22), tenagophytes (24), hyperhydates (23), epihydates (2), rosulates (3), vittates (6), and pleustophytes were the seven growth forms identified (4). Medicinal (28 sp), wild food (19 sp), feed/fodder (28 sp), handicrafts (6 sp), and thatching (5 sp) were among the socioeconomically useful plants (5 sp).

Source of Aquatic plant resources date: B. Niroula, Department of Botany, Post Graduate Campus, Tribhuvan University

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