Freshwater Lake Tour
Fresh water lakes are integral components of our ecosystem. For this reason participants of this trip are taken to Haleji Lake to study its impact. Haleji is a fresh water reservoir, a wildlife sanctuary and a ramsar site. It is also recognized as a bird watchers paradise as 222 species of birds have been sited and recorded at this lake and its surroundings. Home to the marsh crocodile, the lake is a refuge to many species of birds and a variety of fish. The flora of the lake comprises of a variety of plants of which the lotus is one of the dominant species.
This excursion includes a trip to the wilderness where the participants will get to know the beauty and diversity of the coasts of Pakistan, its beautiful surroundings, fauna and flora. Visits are also organized to watch dolphins at Sandspit, Miani Hor and /Sonmiani where friendly dolphins can be seen leaping in and out of the water channel.
The turtle nesting beach of Sandspit, Karachi, is visited by a large number of beach visitors and picnickers.
They litter the beach creating hazards for the turtles that come to nest. WWF's Wetland Centre organizes beach cleaning activities on a regular basis. Participants get to know the importance of a clean beach, the role of marine life and the need to conserve it.
Turtle Watching is an enjoyable and informative event for visitors of all ages organized by the Wetland Centre in the turtle nesting season â€“ September to January. The visit takes place at night, preferably at high tide when the turtles enter the beach to nest. The participants witness the entire nesting process from the turtle digging pits, making egg chambers, laying eggs, closing the chamber and sliding back into the sea. The whole process takes about 2 - 3 hours.Â The aim of the activity is to raise awareness of the public and the community about marine turtles and their significance. The Green Turtles sited at sandspit are on the endangered species list. These turtles prefer to live in warm shallow water where there is an abundance of sea grass and algae on which they feed. Green sea turtles can weigh up to 400 pounds and have a hard oval shell that is olive brown in color with streaks of green and brown. The green turtle is endangered because of the medicinal value given to itâ€™s shell and meat.
During this 4-5 hour trip it may be possible to spot several species of the more than 20,000 species of migratory and resident birds in the forest, flying or near backwater feeding. The accompanying WLC staff will take to spot the birds and the guide knows exactly where to bring you later to see to get more species. A lot of migratory birds visits Sandspit from September till mid March, but even without the migratory birds Hawksbay/Sandspit coastal area is great for birders.
Trip to Mangrove Forests
We offer you trips that will get you close to the beautiful flora and fauna of Sandspit Nature Reserve without harming the environment of the area. These info packed eco tours will give you the possibility to discover the natural beauty of Mangroves in different ways. WWF-P Wetlands Centre experienced staff will steer the trip and will guide you about the Mangroves amazing nature at its best.
Get close to the amazing mangroves with a comfortable boat ride of 45 min-1 hour. See birds, crabs, forest and a lot of amazing plants during this ride through the mangroves and along the coast of Arabian Sea.
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