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A Biodiversity Hotspecks map for Pune

Posted by Sanskriti on July 24, 2009

Today we started a new project: gathering and compiling information on biodiversity hotspecks in Pune. The info is currently being gathered in text, and we plan to map the locations on to wikimapia. At some stage, we will create a GIS layer.  Here are the details of the description categories, starter list of sites and where to post info:

Categories of Hotspecks

  • Small quarries / small ponds
  • Stream patches
  • Large Trees hosting biodiversity
  • Tree clusters
  • Paar (Sacred trees)
  • Bat roosts
  • Bird community roosts /heronries
  • Individual rare trees
  • Private lands with vegetation cover or quarries
  •  Sites with ‘lesser’ fauna – Arachnids, insects, plant types etc.
  • Gardens (terrace/home, public)


  1. What is it – physical category
  2. Time – date, season
  3. GPS lat-long,
  4. Altitude
  5. Area – size with peripheral area that needs to be protected
  6. Type of protection, if any
  7. Threats, issues (garbage etc) 
  8. Image – of the area/ambience, specific spots, image size
  9. Current ownership status
  10. Anecdotal info collected by local person
  11. Species and attributes of the site that makes it favourable for the species
  12. Upload report on google docs and wikimapia


Tentative list of sites

  • Bat roost, near Pune District Judges Bungalow, Sangam Bridge
  • Naik Island, next to Sangam Bridge
  • Quarry behind NIV and Pune Police Commissioner’s office, Camp, near BJ Medical Ground
  • Baobab trees in and around Pune, based on the list prepared by Prof. Nalavade
  • Mr Satyashil Naik’s residence for the nest boxes and tall trees
  • Old Canal between Rahulnagar lane, Kothrud, near Karve Statue
  • Bat roosting site on Karve Road, at the Kirloskar Brothers Company premises, Kothrud
  • Paars in the city, such as Nagnath Par, Sadashiv Peth and such like, based on a list compiled by one of the students of the Garware College MSc Biodiversity course.

Here is an example of a hotspeck

Small quarry along the nalla between Sindh Society and Gulmohur Park, Aundh

Small quarry along the nalla between Sindh Society and Gulmohur Park, Aundh


See location on wikimapia 


2 Responses to “A Biodiversity Hotspecks map for Pune”

  1. The idea of Biodiversity hot’specks’ is great because it will encourage us to look at our environment more closely… to see and notice every struggling flower and hiding frog that add upto the vast mosaic we call biodiversity!

    Is it possible to include private ‘gardens’ in your list of qualifiable specks? In my own garden I have been watching the progress of a Brahmakamal flower and the antics of a Grey fan tailed flycatcher couple – would these qualify for a ‘speck’ of biodiversity or are they too common to be noticed?

    I suppose you need to identify some more criteria that would make one garden more special in terms of its biodiversity than any other… but since people live with their gardens and are more aware of them – this could really engage everyone to participate in the documentation of rare species.

    Maybe your maps could then have layers of sightings for various species … even if its a single individual and not a ‘community’ per se…

    Also, when people realise that they can actually create their own biodiversity hotspecks – they maybe encouraged to choose the right species when they plan their gardens!

    • Sanskriti said

      Thanks Manisha. Yes, you bring out an important point — that people are most aware about their own gardens. That our project would help draw collective attention to tiny treasures of local biodiversity – hot’specks’ – might also encourage people to choose local species, document and report sightings etc. Certainly, ‘gardens’ should be a category of listing. I am editing the original post to add it now.

      May be a wiki-like effort is needed ultimately by the community of people interested in bd for creating, updating, discussing a list and map of hotspecks. Hopefully we can get a starter list and map going soon. The descriptions and decisions on what is or what is not a hotspeck are part of the ‘programme’ of bd awareness and conservation I guess.

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