Pune (Agencies): The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) carried out the first banding session to track routes of migratory birds in the Sinhagad fort forest, tagging about 75 winged creatures this week.

Witnessed by a large number of environment activists and nature enthusiasts, the team caught birds belonging to 25 species in the nets put up in the Sinhgad valley which included the Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Leaf Warbler, and Grey Wagtail.

Divulging details on the BNHS banding session-cum-training workshop for bird lovers in Pune region, Sujit Naravade, researcher, said that during the exercise aimed at creating wild life awareness, the team led by S Balchandran weighed the birds, noting down their measurements of wings, head, torso, beak and tail before releasing them into the azure skies.

The birds that were banded by BNHS, the nodal agency for bird ringing in the country, comprised six to seven species of migratory birds which frequent the Indian sub continent flying their way from Urasia, Russia, Siberia and Middle East as they cross the eastern Himalayas, Naravade said.

With regard to the Sinhagad valley, where around 130 bird species have been sighted, he said the loss of habitat was a major threat to the winged population as the fort region is being treated as a picnic spot by revellers whose growing numbers have led to mushrooming of hotels and other commercial activities.

“There is an urgent need to reduce this disturbance to the birds in the valley and use of plastic by tourists resulting in ecological and environmental degradation of the region which needs preservation measures," Naravade pointed out.