|Central coordinates||79o 51.00' East 10o 18.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 3m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is situated on a low promontory on the Coromandel coast in Nagapattinam district. The Great Vedaranyam Swamp stretches for about 48 km from east to west, parallel to the Palk Strait and separated by a sand bank. Its dimensions are about 10 km from north to south, and it is broadest in the east, narrowing to about 8 km in the central part and 6 km at the western end. It is about 11 km from Vedaranyam town. There are only two villages, namely Kodikkarai and Kodikkadu. A motorable road connects the Sanctuary with the nearest town. The control of the area passed from the Revenue Department to the Forest Department in 1907. The forest of Point Calimere Sanctuary has an area of 1,729 ha, comprising of the Kodikkadu Reserve Forest and Kodikkadu Extension Reserve Forest. During 1988, it was proposed to declare Point Calimere Sanctuary as Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary and Bird Sanctuary with a total area of 37,733 ha, including the Great Vedaranyam Swamp and Talaignayar Reserve. This IBA comprises of mangrove forest and lagoon in the Muthupet-Adirampattinam, and mudflats interspersed with numerous islets in the Siruthalaikkadu-Kodikkarai area. The IBA also encompasses Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest and low-lying coastal grazing lands. Five freshwater channels empty into the Swamp, most of which have running water only during the monsoon. The Korayar river confluences with the Mullipallam lagoon in the west. The Swamp is demarcated to the north by an artificial bund. There is a 30 m wide belt of mangrove vegetation. The area has variable rainfall regimes, and is not typical of tropical monsoon climate. The northeast monsoon is the main contributor to this area, though some rainfall occurs during the southwest monsoon. The winds are dry, but cause low-pressure depressions in the Bay of Bengal, resulting in cyclonic storms on the mainland (Daniel and Rao 1988-1991).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Garganey Anas querquedula||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2004||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Point Calimere||Sanctuary||17,260||protected area contained by site||17,260|
|Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||38,500||protected area contains site||37,733|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Medicinal plant collection|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: V. Kannan and Ranjit Manakadan.
Ali, S. (1963) Point Calimere as a refuge for wintering shorebirds. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 60 458-460.
Daniel, J. C. and Rao, Y. N. (1988-1991) Ecology of Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary (An Endangered ecosystem). Final report. Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay.
Hussian, S. A. (1976) Occurrence of the Broadtailed Grass Warbler [Schoenicola platyura (Jerdon)] on the Coromandal coast. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 73: 400-401.
Manakadan, R. (1992) Ecology of waterbirds of Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary with special reference to impact of salt works. Ph.D. Thesis. Mumbai University, Mumbai.
Sugathan, R. (1982) Some interesting aspects of the avifauna of the Point Calimere, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc.79: 567-575.
Wetlands International (2002) Waterbirds Population Estimates: Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12. Wageningen, the Netherlands.
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