Nature Mates – Nature Club (NM-NC) was established in the year 1995, as a part of Nature Club initiative of WWF, India, WBSO. It became a registered NGO in the year 2006. Since its inception, NM-NC is focused in the conservation aspect of wildlife in and around Kolkata.
As regular visitors to the wilderness areas around the city and other part of our Country, members of NM-NC keep an account of the flora and fauna of these for the creation of a dynamic data bank of Kolkata’s biodiversity along with the other part of West Bengal and also North-East region. Rescuing wildlife in distress in different areas of the city and handing them over to the Forest Authority for proper rehabilitation is another regular activity of NM-NC. NM-NC has also conducted many awareness campaigns against illegal wildlife trade and has helped the Forest Department with information on wildlife trade. This has resulted in seizures of tiger nails, river terrapins, and plenty of scheduled birds like the Shikra etc. We do promote Bio-diversity gardening as a conservation measure. We use butterflies as the keyspecies for such gardening. The idea is to involve common people into serious conservation initiative.