Dec, 2019

Field Work on Soil, Water and Ecological Study of Sundarbans - BES-2018

Field Work on Soil, Water and Ecological Study of Sundarbans

A fieldwork has successfully been conducted by 2nd year students (DES-2018) of Environmental Science of BUP on soil, water and ecological study of Sundarbans. The fieldwork was held from 15th to 20th December, 2019, arranged under the course titled as “Field Work on Ecology and Soil Sciences” (ENV2207). The field trip was coordinated by Lecturer Alamgir Kabir, Lecturer Mahbub Alam, Lecturer Fowzia Ahmed, Lecturer Zannatul Ferdous and one field expert Professor Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhury. The prime objective of this field study to explore the diversified area of Sundarbans as well as the ecology and biodiversity of those area by analyzing integrated data sets from measuring water quality parameters, transect method for floral diversity and survey among local people.

A short description of each day is given bellow:

Day One

The fieldwork commenced with the visit to the Soil Archive of Bangladesh and Nutrient Dynamics lab at Khulna University. There, the students got a practical knowledge about soil sample preservation and they were introduced to the instruments associated with it.

Day Two

On the second day, students visited the Harbaria Eco-tourism center. It is located beside the Poshur river at the Chandpai range of Sundarban. Students visited the place with an objective of studying and observing the floral and faunal diversity and identifying them. Water samples were collected, and their physiochemical parameters were measured on the field. Then they went to Katka, which lies within the Sundarban Sarankhola range.

Day Three

The day had started for the student at 5.30 am for going to Jamtola Sea Beach (Katka). They had arrived there on around 7 am. They used “Line Transect Method” to measure the biodiversity. Later, they initiated a beach cleaning program and collected plastics, glass, polythene, bottles and other kinds of wastes that are harmful for environment. They also went to Nilkomol and Hiron Point at the afternoon and saw the biodiversity.

Day Four

On the 4th and last day, the students went to the Crocodile Breeding Center which is situated in Karamjal. They got to know that it was the first non-government breeding centre in Bangladesh. Moreover, they gained knowledge about captive breeding. Finally, students were visited Banishanta village for conducting household survey.

Based on their findings from the field, the students had to give their day to day presentation in front of the faculty members at every evening.