Wander Spotlight – Episode 03; Kotte Rampart Wetland Park



Colombo, a bustling metropolis, is home to not only its human inhabitants but also a diverse array of urban wildlife. Despite the challenges posed by pollution, invasive species, habitat loss, climate change effects, and illicit wildlife hunting, Colombo’s fauna finds a delicate balance within this urban environment. The city’s designation as one of the world’s wetland towns by the Ramsar treaty underscores its ecological significance. However, rapid urbanization and biodiversity loss threaten the intricate web of wildlife communities, endangering this precious urban fauna. Urban wildlife in Colombo faces numerous disturbances, from new predators to artificial land cover encroaching on their habitats. Understanding this balance is crucial for maintaining ecological harmony in an ever-growing urban landscape.

One of the jewels in Colombo is the Kotte Rampart Wetland Park. Here’s why you should take a closer look: Beautiful Views; The park offers stunning views of wetlands and ponds, providing a natural retreat without leaving the city. Imagine immersing yourself in the serenity of nature right in the heart of Colombo. Bird Watching; Kotte Rampart Wetland Park is a bird watcher’s paradise. The marshes are home to a wide variety of bird species, making it an ideal spot for bird enthusiasts. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars to capture some amazing bird photos. Learn and Discover; As you stroll along the park’s walkways, you’ll find informative signage highlighting the importance of wetlands. It’s like a mini lesson on the value of nature, offering insights into the critical role wetlands play in our ecosystem. Relax and Unwind; Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to reflect or a lively weekend getaway with family, Kotte Rampart Wetland Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty.To make the most of your visit to Kotte Rampart Wetland Park, consider these tips:

– Best Times to Visit; Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit, offering the most pleasant weather and the best chances for wildlife sightings.
– Prepare for Bird Watching: Bring a pair of binoculars and a camera to capture the diverse bird species inhabiting the park.
– Stay Informed: Take time to read the informative signage along the pathways to enhance your understanding and appreciation of wetlands.The Kotte Rampart Wetland Park is more than just a green space in Colombo; it’s a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage amidst urbanization. As you explore this park, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate balance of urban wildlife and the importance of biodiversity. So, take a step into this urban oasis and discover the wonders of Colombo’s wetland city.

Written By:





Rtr. Isuri Nawanjani
(Junior Blog Team Member 2023-24)

Compiled By:





Rtr. Lihansa Edirisinghe
(Junior Blog Team Member 2023-24)

Videography By: –





Rtr. Amaan Thaha
(Co-Editor 2023-24)

Edited By:





Rtr. Vinuri Kudagoda
(Junior Blog Team Member 2023-24)

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