Nandur Madhameshwar

NMWLS Wetland Aerial View
Riverine Forest
Birds Flock
Ducks Assemblage
Comman Crane Flock
Small Pratincole Flock
Rosy Starling Flock

Nandur Madhameshwar

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  • Area: 
    1,437 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    20°01'N 74°06'E
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The Site is a mosaic of lakes, marshes and riparian forest on the Deccan Plateau. Construction of the Nandur Madhameshwar Weir at the confluence of the Godavari and Kadwa Rivers helped create a thriving wetland: originally designed to overcome water shortages in the surrounding area, the Site now also serves as a buffer against floodwaters and as a biodiversity hotspot. With 536 species recorded, its diverse habitats contrast with the surrounding semi-arid conditions caused by the rain shadow of the Western Ghats mountain range. The Site hosts some of India’s most iconic species, such as the leopard and Indian sandalwood (Santalum album). It also provides sanctuary to critically endangered species including Deolali minnow (Parapsilorhynchus prateri), Indian vulture (Gyps indicus) and white-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis). Invasive species including common water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) threaten the Site, along with the effects of urban development and water abstraction. The Office of the Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) manages the Site.

Administrative region: 
Maharashtra, India

  • National legal designation: 
    • Wildlife Sanctuary - Nandur Madhameshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
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