Location of Hokersar Wetlands
Hokersar Wetlands is located in Srinagar, Srinagar District, Jammu and Kashmir.
Geography of Hokersar Wetlands
Hokersar Wetlands is situated at a distance of 10 kilometres from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It has 34 degree 05 minutes North to 074 degree 42 minutes East.
Physiographic Division of Hokersar Wetlands
The physiographic division of Hokersar Wetlands defines the location at the northwest Himalayan biogeography province of Jammu and Kashmir, back of the snow-draped Pir Panchal Range in India (1,584meters above sea level), Hokersar Wetlands is only 10 km from scenic paradise of Srinagar.
River in Hokersar Wetlands
Hokersar Wetlands is a natural perennial wetland contiguous to the Jhelum basin. It is the only site with remaining reed beds of Jammu and Kashmir.
Flora and Fauna of Hokersar Wetlands
Hokersar Wetlands is the abode of 68 waterfowl species like Large Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Little Cormorant, Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck and endangered White-eyed Pochard, coming from Siberia, China, Central Asia, and Northern Europe.
Food Source in Hokersar Wetlands
Hokersar Wetlands is an important source of food, spawning ground and nursery for fishes, besides offering feeding and breeding ground to a variety of water birds. Typical marshy vegetation complexes inhabit like Typha, Phragmites, Eleocharis, Trapa, and Nymphoides species ranging from shallow water to open water aquatic flora. The sustainable exploitation of fish, fodder and fuel is significant, despite water withdrawals since 1999. There are potential threats which include recent housing facilities, littered garbage and demand for increasing tourist facilities.
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