Haiderpur Wetland
Migratory Birds in Haiderpur Wetland
Haiderpur Wetland is located in Uttar Pradesh
Haiderpur Wetland
Haiderpur Wetland
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Haiderpur Wetland is located in India
Haiderpur Wetland
Haiderpur Wetland
Haiderpur Wetland (India)
Coordinates: 29°22′35″N 78°02′02″E / 29.376478°N 78.034001°E / 29.376478; 78.034001
StateUttar Pradesh
RegionNorth India
DistrictMuzaffarnagar district and Bijnor district
Designated13 April 2021
Reference no.2463[1]
 • BodyUttar Pradesh Forest Department
 • Total69 km2 (27 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-UP

Haiderpur wetland is a UNESCO Ramsar site located near the Bijnor Ganga Barrage within the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh, India.[2][3][4]

Formation and Geography

Haiderpur wetland is one of the largest human-made wetland that was formed in 1984 after the construction of Madhya Ganga Barrage. The region is fed by the Ganges and its tributary Solani river, constituting an area of 6908 hectare within the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor districts. The wetland lies in the strategic Central Asian Flyway which is as an important stop over site for the winter migratory birds.[5]


Bird species

The wetland is home to over 320 species of birds, which includes many globally threatened species.[6][7] Commonly observed avian species includes, Partridge, Quail, Peafowl, Pigeon, Falcon, Hawk, Spot-billed duck, Crane, Eagle, Owl, White vulture, Cuckoo and Nightingale. Kingfisher, Myna, Red-vented bulbul, Sparrow, Baya weaver among others are also found in abundance in the wetland.[8][9]

Other fauna

Among the mammals, Leopard, Wildcats, Monkeys, Fox, Wolf, Nilgai, Jackal, Mongoose, Honey badger, Barasingha, Wild boars, Rabbits, Muskrats and Bats inhabit the wetland and surrounding sanctuary region. Reptiles such as, Monitor lizard, Python, Indian cobra, Krait and Viper are found in large numbers.[10] A significant population of IUCN Red List critically endangered Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and many vulnerable amphibian species are observed in the wetland and the adjoining Ganga river basin.[11]

Conservation Status

Following the conservation efforts of wildlife activists and involvement of local community, Haiderpur is designated as the 47th Ramsar site, a wetland of international importance in April 2021.[12] The World Wide Fund for Nature and the government have initiated several schemes for the conservation and management of Haiderpur wetland.[13][14][15]


See also


  1. ^ "Haiderpur Wetland". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  2. ^ Haiderpur Wetland, retrieved 11 August 2021
  3. ^ "This Haiderpur wetland guide has spread his wings". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Agencies working towards making Haiderpur wetland in west UP a Ramsar site". www.downtoearth.org.in. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  5. ^ "हैदरपुर वेटलैंड में बढ़ी प्रवासी पक्षियों की आवक, तीन दिवसीय बर्ड वाॅचिंग में दिखे 27 हजार से ज्यादा मेहमान". Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Winter Stop: Birdwatchers Spot Unusual Sighting of Chinese Rubythroat at Haiderpur Wetland". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  7. ^ Rai, Sandeep (18 August 2019). "Plans afoot to transform Haiderpur Wetland into biodiversity park". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Fig. 1. Study area in Haiderpur wetland, Muzaffarnagar District of..." ResearchGate. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Recent visits - Muzaffarnagar, UP, IN - eBird". ebird.org. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  10. ^ Haiderpur wetland biodiversity - Egrets in flight, Monitor Lizard, Common Chaser dragonfly, retrieved 12 August 2021
  11. ^ "Official Website of UP Ecotourism". www.upecotourism.in. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  12. ^ "A birder involves community and authorities to protect Haiderpur wetland". Mongabay-India. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  13. ^ "WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2020". www.wwfindia.org. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  14. ^ Harveer Dabas (4 February 2020). "20k birds sighted in 2-day Haiderpur Wetland bird festival | Meerut News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Bird festival to be inaugurated on Wetland Day". Retrieved 12 August 2021 – via PressReader.


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