The 63-year-old is a former government employee, who worked in the municipal administration department. He had bought the land 20 years ago and started a trust in the name of Lakhsmana Gurusamy Trust to save those birds. “I always cared for the environment and the birds during my service days. After retirement, I started spending most of my time and resources to create the sanctuary,” he said. Twenty-four different species of birds have made the sanctuary home. “On the 25-acre land, I have earmarked places to plant trees and create ponds so that the birds can make nests and drink water. I have also made artificial nests in the sanctuary. To provide food for the birds, fruit-bearing trees were planted selectively,” Lakshmanan added.
Apart from 24 different species of birds, there are 20 varieties of sparrows in the sanctuary. Expressing happiness, Lakshmanan said that there were only a few sparrows in the locality before the sanctuary was created and now their population has increased multifold. “To further increase the bird population in the sanctuary and in the village, we have planted more than 2,000 Palmyra trees. The trees are acting as natural fencing to the sanctuary,” he added. Expecting the government to help in his cause, Lakshmanan requested district administration and forest department to provide more saplings. “Due to the shortage of funds, I could not plant more trees and maintain. If the government comes forward to provide saplings, this sanctuary will attract more birds, especially sparrows,” he said.