Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary Uttar PradeshNawabganj Bird Sanctuary is not only the best available Bird Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh but also one of the most prominent in the whole of India. Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is a great excursion destination around Lucknow. Although Nawabganj Sanctuary is a small bird Sanctuary that is spread across 4 square kilometers, it attracts lots of migratory birds during winters. The sanctuary is precisely confined to an area that encloses the lake. This is a natural lake and has a very beautiful environment around it thus it attracts a lot of avian population. Keeping in view its importance, the government of Uttar Pradesh declared this as a Bird Sanctuary and a protected area in the year 1984.
The picturesque sanctuary is ideal for photographers and picnic lovers. To enhance the knowledge of visitors, and information center has been established in the sanctuary itself. The place is not that great and is ill-kept nevertheless it has the provision of screening film shows related to wildlife. Apart from that, the sanctuary boasts off a motel, a restaurant, and small eateries that make it an interesting weekend trip.
The avian population here comprises a mix of residents as well as migratory birds. The birds migrate across the Himalayas from Tibet, Europe, and Siberia during winters. Some of these birds fly over 5000 kilometers. Some of the major migratory birds during the season are Graylag Goose, Pintail, Red-Crested Pochard, Shoveller, Coot and Mallard. Some major local migratory and residential birds are Saras crane, Painted Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, Dabchick, Whistling teal, Open billed stork, Pheasant-tailed jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, Lapwing, Tern vulture, Pigeon, King crow, Indian roller and Bee-eater. The major reptiles found in the sanctuary are Cobra, Viper, Krait, Rat snake, and Water snakes.