SRINAGAR: As spring sets in, migratory birds have begun their departure from Kashmir valley, having welcomed over 1.3 million of them this winter.
According to officials, these birds have been visiting Kashmir annually due to their centuries-old relationship with the region, as they find solace in the temperate climate of the valley.
“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 Government of Jammu and Kashmir has taken up restoration of wetlands on priority. Various departments of the Government are working for restoration of wetlands under their respective jurisdictions”, officials said.
Ifshan Dewan, Kashmir’s wildlife warden (wetlands), said the birds start migration to Kashmir from the end of October and leave the valley in mid-March.
“Some birds are still present in wetlands and departure of birds remain usual as of previous years”, she said. (KNO)