BIO DIVERSITY RESERVE
Biodiversity and ecological interactions in different types of ecosystems are of fundamental importance for maintaining living conditions. Forests, coasts, watercourses, ground water are all important preconditions for life and sustainable development. Human beings with their materialistic quests have been exploiting nature thereby deteriorating its life supporting competencies. It must be protected from thoughtless and short-sighted exploitation. People, for instance, are aware of the enormous direct economic (and other) benefits Homo sapiens derives from their living companions on this global spaceship, and even fewer realize that the potential benefits are greater still! This range of direct and indirect, known and unknown benefits underline the importance of preserving biodiversity intact. With the aim of imparting the need for conserving biodiversity & environment, Government College Kodanchery has retained an area of 3 acres of land undisturbed, since the inception of the college and earmarked it as ‘’GCK Biodiversity Park” under the auspices of the Department of Zoology and Soochimukhi Nature Club which was formally inaugurated on November 27th 2004.
The Park has been renovated during the last academic year2013-2014 with the installation of iron fence, paved trek path, rain shelter, arch gate and name boards. The park is a haven for rare and endangered species of birds like Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Emerald Dove, Paradise Flycatcher, Monarch Flycatcher & Red Spurfowl. The Park is nurturing about 53 species of Butterflies, 13 species of amphibians, 83 species of Birds, 42 species of plants and a variety of other fauna and flora.GCK Green Book enlisting the explored fauna and flora was published in the academic year 2014-15.
The park is a symbol of the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the students and staff in preserving this natural habitat. The existence of Biodiversity Park in itself is contributing to the purification of ambient air, creation of a suitable microclimate other than acting as a major carbon sink for the nearby locality.