Fiddler crab seen in the mangrove swamps of Kadapalem
Students and teachers of Otturu High school addressed by this blogger about the need for conservation of mangroves
I explored the coast of Bogole mandal at Chippaleru, a brackish water stream for mangroves. I came across with patches of mangroves at two places, Kadapalem and Gollakommu. These are very minor swamps where very little mangrove diversity is seen.
- Mandal : Bogole
- Co-ordinates : 14048123.4411N, 80004156.7611E
- Date of visit : 30-07-2011
There salt marshes are adjacent to Chippaleru, a brackish water creek which flows from west to east and merges with Bay of Bengal after branching off into a few smaller creeks.
Mangroves are sparingly distributed in an area of about 10 acres. There is extensive invasion of Prosopis chilensis into the salt marshes.
1. Avicennia marina : not exceeding 5-6 tall, sparingly distributed, full of flowers and fruits.
2. A. officinalis : only two plants are noticed, but very robust, 5-6 ft tall, flowering just began.
1. Sesuvium portulacastrum: flowering.
2. Suaeda nudiflora: flowering.
3. S. maritima: flowering.
4. Ipomoea pes-caprae : no flowers.
5. Salicornia brachiata : no flowers.
6. Sarcolobus carinatus: Asclepiadaceae, no flowers
There is a Mandal Parishad Primary School, about 3 km from the above swamps, at Tatichetlapalem (Venkateswarapuram) in Bogole mandal. There are 73 students and 3 full-fledged teachers. After completing the field visit, this school was visited and the students and teachers were addressed about mangroves, their importance to mankind and the need for their conservation. Live specimens were shown to the students and explained with the help of a poster. Pamphlets on the need for conservation of mangroves were distributed to the teachers for disseminating the information contained therein to the local stake holders and others concerned.