For Long, Netrani island, also known as the Pigeon Island in Karnataka has been used a naval training base and by people coming occasionally to catch fish. But soon, this island will be the preserved haven for species of plants and animals when it is declared as a Biodiversity Habitat region by the state government.
The Netrani Hill Island is situated near Murudeshwar in Bhatkal taluk of Uttara Kannada district and is under Mavalli Gram Panchayat limits. There are a number of rare plnat species found on this island and also some plants that may help scientists in researching more on evolution.
Like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Netrani is also home to Corals, due to the clear seawater present in the area. Till date, 14 different types of corals have been identified in the area.
Birds too find the island to be a safe and secure home. From wild pigeons, white chest eagles, owls, to swift net birds many different kind of bird species have been found in the area. In fact the fine nest built by the swift net birds on the caves give a distinct identity to the area.
There are more than 150 species of fishes found in the islands including two endangered fish species and also other aquatic animals.
With the government planning conservation measure for the island, it is hoped that the kind of biodiversity found in the area will be preserved for a long long time.
Flickr photo by Hamed Saber