Wildlife Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory

We promote establishment of butterfly conservatories in urban areas as well as in protected areas in and around the state of West Bengal as a tool for bottom-up conservation model. Creating a habitat for butterflies not only aids in creation of a reservoir of indigenous plants but also attracts several insect species, reptiles, amphibians, aves and even few mammals. Our aim is to spread awareness about the importance of butterflies and its conservation among urban people as well as rural and forest-fringe villagers. We also establish open-air butterfly conservatories in various school and college premises and involve students in this conservation activity. We also train local, economically backward communities in laboratory work and recruit them as staff in our conservatories. Our mission is to create an uninterrupted butterfly corridor and we wish for everyone’s support in this effort. We strongly believe in our mantra, ‘Save Tiger Butterflies to Save Royal Bengal Tiger”.

Banabitan Butterfly Conservatory

Banabitan Butterfly Conservatory was the first open-air butterfly conservatory in India with a full laboratory support. Located inside the Banabitan Biodiversity Park amidst of the bustling city of Kolkata, this garden provides our visitors with tiny slice of nature. This conservatory has been up and running since 2010 and boasts of around 100 species and lifecycle of around 60 of those has been completed. The conservatory has become very popular among nature enthusiasts across the years and is often among their top places to visit.

Ecopark Butterfly Garden

Eco Tourism Park located in Rajarhat, New Town attracts a ton of visitors, many of whom make the long journey to the city’s end to spend some quality time in our Butterfly Garden. Eco Park Butterfly Garden was set up in 2015 across a 3-acre area with funding from WBHIDCO. It not only has a full laboratory support but also a dome enclosure where the visitors are taken on a tour of all butterflies. Over the last 5 years, more than 100 species have visited our garden and lifecycle of more than 60 of those species is complete. A team of five members along with active volunteers dedicate their time in this garden to conserve butterflies and spread awareness among visitors. One can also participate in butterfly release event during his trip to the dome, which can undoubtedly be a memorable experience. We also host various educational tours curated for different age groups.

Eden Gardens Butterfly Garden

In 2012, Nature Mates and forest department started their second venture at Eden Gardens. Eden Gardens has a much smaller visitor footfall compared to Saltlake Banabitan for which the project was developed in a small scale. Eden Gardens is one of the oldest gardens in Kolkata and is situated very close to the river Ganges. The soil profile of Eden Gardens allows for a variety of plant growth which ensures it to be a suitable habitat for multiple species of butterflies. This small-scale initiative because of those factors turned out as a very successful project. Many rare butterflies started showing up here.

Butterfly Gardens we have created in some educational institutes and corporate houses

  • Open air butterfly garden at US Consulate, Maidan in 2017
  • Open air butterfly garden at White House Terrace in 2018
  • Creation of butterfly garden at St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College in 2020
  • Creation of butterfly garden and Bio-diversity Status Survey at Narendrapur, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram Vidyalaya Narendrapur in 2016
  • Creation of butterfly garden at Presidency University in 2013
  • Creation of butterfly garden at Bhairab Ganguly College In 2015
  • Creation of butterfly garden at Jogesh Chandra College in 2016
  • Creation of butterfly garden at Itachuna Rajbari, Khanyan in 2016
  • Establishment of Butterfly garden at Vijoygarh Jyotish Ray College, Kolkata, West Bengal in 2017
  • Establishment of Butterfly Garden at American Consulate General Campus, Kolkata in 2017
  • Establishment of Butterfly garden at Rastraguru Surendranath College, Barrackpore, West Bengal in 2017

Bird Conservatory

Pakhibitan

Proper Management of one habitat can improve the quality of the area and that can help in creating an environment for the birds to utilize the area. Especially in urban areas it is important to create such pockets which can sustain the urban biodiversity.
Pakhibitan, of Eco Park is one such initiative which is maintained by Nature Mates, where we aspire to enhance the quality of habitat for birds to thrive comfortably.
Rajarhat Wetlands has always attracted birders from afar due to presence of several migratory as well as resident species. 197 species of birds have been recorded from this landscape.
With rapid reduction of this patch, a large number of these species will face risk of habitat loss. This led to the idea of Pakhibitan in Eco Park, where a small undisturbed patch of habitat is maintained for the birds. We are making the visitors aware about the importance of conservation of habitats because proper management will not only sustain the habitat but also allow the birds to fly cheerfully.
This project is in collaboration with WBHIDCO and their futuristic approach towards conservation measures help us to take bigger strides in this area.