Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary

Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary

  • Dehradun
  • Uttarakhand
  • India
Amont Things to Do in Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station Dehradun Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun
  • Established 1967
  • Best Time to Visit October to December and mid March to end of April
  • Special Feature Trans-Himalayan migratory birds take halt in Assan Barrage during the winter
  • Birding Season October November December March-end Or Early April

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Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, Dehradun Overview

Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary: attracts 53 species of water birds of which 19 are winter migrants from Eurasia. During winter months 90% of the waterbird population comprises the following 11 migratory species, namely Brahminy Duck, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Mallard, Coot, Wigeon, Common Teal, Tufted Duck, and Shoveller.

Topography of Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary The Asan Reservoir is a small man-made wetland of ca. 4 sq km area, located 40 km west of Dehradun, in the west of Dehradun valley on Dehradun-Paonta road. The barrage is 287.5 m long, the river bed being 389.4 m above sea level, with minimum and maximum water levels respectively at 402.4 m and 403.3 m asl.

The Asan reservoir exists throughout the year and is fed from the river Asan and the discharge channel of Yamuna through Dhalipur powerhouse. Although the water level is controlled, it often goes down, and swampy islands in the middle become visible, attracting a variety of marsh-loving birds like Egrets, Herons and Lapwings, etc.

Vegetation & Flora in Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary: The aquatic vegetation of the reservoir consists of Eichhornia crassips, Potamogeton pectinatus, Typha elephantina, and Ceratophyllum demersum. The surrounding bushes include Xanthium strumarium, Eclipta prostrata, Ipomoea sp., Mimosa pudica, Achyranthus aspera, Polygonum glabrum, P. lanigerum, Aeschynomene sp., Ageratum conyzoides, phyllanthus sp., Monochoria hastata, Mosla dianthera, and Lantana camara.

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