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Birds of Pune: An Illustrated Guide

2001 Revised reprint   2006 Pp.144, 150 illustrations, 12 colour plates, 10 maps

Anchal Sondhi,

With over 400 species of birds, Pune District is a veritable paradise for birdwatchers, with varied habitats like wetlands, grasslands, forts, ghats and forests. This publication will assist you in knowing these feathered friends better. Accompanied by maps and illustrations, colour plates, bird notes and a detailed checklist for Pune, this handy bird guide is not only useful for a beginner, but also provides interesting information for every bird lover in Pune and around. In addition to tips for bird identification for a 100 common birds of Pune, the book includes elaborate information about birdwatching spots in and around Pune. The book is useful across the Western Ghats and other parts of Western and Southern India as well.

 BC DelhiRidge

The Delhi Ridge Forest: Decline and Conservation

1991; Hindi version 1997 Pp. 55, 12 illustrations, 2 maps, only photocopies available


Delhi’s green areas have always been the first to be sacrificed at the altar of urban growth. Activities aimed at development including Construction work, road widening, quarrying, garbage- dumping and other encroachments have gradually decimated many a vital stretch of forest or parkland. The Ridge forest, a densely vegetated part of the Aravalli Range that runs through the heart of Delhi, also faced the brunt of this attack. Over 40% of the Ridge has already been destroyed or degraded, and the damage continues. In the late 1970’s a tiny group of school and college students set about attempting to save this green lung of Delhi. But for the efforts of this and the other groups and individuals, much of even what remains of the Ridge would have been only a memory. This booklet is one outcome of this campaign, and attempts to provide a detailed picture of the various aspects of the Ridge.

 BC whtsdatbrd

What’s that Bird?

Kalpavriksh, 1991 Pp. 93, 125 illustrations, 2 maps, Colour plate on cover, only photocopies available

This field guide is divided into two parts.

The first part looks gives some basics of birdwatching: ground rules of behavior, how to maintain a field diary, what books to refer to, and most important a checklist of features to look out for when observing a bird. The second part concentrates on Delhi, providing a field guide to about 100 of the commonest birds seen in the city. Since most of these birds are also seen in other parts of the country it can be used by birdwatchers elsewhere, especially for areas in and around human settlements.

There is also a map to the best birdwatching places in and around Delhi and a 35-page checklist of Delhi’s birds, the most comprehensive to date and complete with notes on latest status in a tabular form. Designed and priced with students in mind, it would also be invaluable for all those involved in environmental education.

 BC ButterfliesDelhi

Butterflies of Delhi

Pp. 68, 4 colour plates, Colour plate on cover , 2000

Peter Smetacek

This illustrated booklet will be a useful guide for those who wish to know more about the butterflies found in the parks, gardens and forests of Delhi. Butterflies are excellent indicators of the environment and may be the first casualty of rapidly deteriorating conditions in the city. This book will enable the amateur and scientist alike to take a deeper interest in these colourful winged creatures and hopefully will revive an interest in their conservation.

 BC savngDelhiGreen

Saving Delhi’s Green Areas

Pp.100, only photocopies available, 1994

Geetanjali Singhal,

This manual has been designed to aid citizens who have always wanted to stand up or take action against destructive development such as tree felling in their area/city, but did not know how to go about it. Information on the laws, whom to contact, with which Department to raise issues and so on has been given here, with special reference to Delhi.

 BC GreenBk

The Little Green Book

pp 94, 11 illustrations

Rajesh Rahul and Sunita Rao, 1995

This book is ideal for young people starting out in environmental work, citizens who want to contribute their energies but do not quite know how, and all those who want to expand their environmental knowledge and network base. This little volume provides you with comprehensive information on how and with whom to get involved in environmental work and studies with special reference to Delhi. The first part lists 55 Citizens' Groups, 20 Governmental Agencies, 22 Libraries and 38 Nature Clubs in Delhi with data on services, addresses, telephone nos., contact persons and what your involvement with them can be. This part may now require some updating, but serves as a good baseline for individuals wanting academic training in environment.

The second part gives an all-India list of 61 Universities and academic institutions offering environment related courses covering subjects ranging from  Ecological Science to Field Ornithology, Environmental Engineering to Non-Conventional Energy. This is the first such compilation in India, and will be invaluable to students though some information may be dated.

 BC ThePunegreenguide

The Pune Green Guide: A Directory of Environmental Opportunities in Pune

pp 122

Bjorn Rahm, 2001

The Pune Green Guide has been produced as with an aim to create a source book, which would act as a comprehensive guide to environmental opportunities and activities in Pune. With information on social campaigns,  field investigations in rural as well as urban areas and nature hikes to desk based research, environmental education, organic farming and urban issues like vehicular pollution, this book has been designed to be as user friendly as possible in order to give the reader a clear picture on what kind of work an organisation is doing and what opportunities it offers to Puneites. The booklet has been divided into two sections. The first part lists NGOs, autonomous institutes, university depts and Government Agencies. The second part lists libraries with environment-related material.