Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site: Tamil Nadu gets its first biodiversity heritage site

Source: The post is based on the article “Tamil Nadu gets its first biodiversity heritage sitepublished in The Hindu on 23rd November 2022.

What is the News?

The Tamil Nadu government has declared the first biodiversity heritage site in the State named Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site.

About Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site

Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site comprises Arittapatti village and Meenakshipuram village in Tamil Nadu.

Ecological significance: The site houses around 250 species of birds, including three important raptors — the Laggar Falcon, the Shaheen Falcon and Bonelli’s Eagle. 

– It is also home to wildlife such as the Indian pangolin, slender loris and pythons. 

Historical Significance: The area is surrounded by a chain of seven hillocks or inselbergs that serve as a watershed charging 72 lakes, 200 natural springs and three check-dams.

– The Anaikondan tank built during the reign of the Pandiyan kings in the 16th century, is one of them. 

The site also features various megalithic structures, Tamil Brahmi Inscriptions, Jain Beds and 2200-year-old rock-cut temples adding to its historical value.

What is a Biodiversity Heritage Site?

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