SECR invites you to participate in 
“Two days Certificate Workshop in Field Botany”
At Mahuli Ecotourism Centre – Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary, Shahapur, Thane.
On 27th & 28th December 2017.

About us:

“Society for Environment Conservation and Research” (SECR), is a Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy, Research and Technical Support Non-Government Organization (NGO) registered under Societies Registration Act 1860, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Reg. No. 2015 G. B. B. S. D. 1127), which aims at promoting Environmental Conservation, Protection and Tribal Development. “SECR” focuses on the most critical threats (like Global warming and Climate Change, Destruction of Forest, Non-Sustainable use of Natural Resources etc.,) to the biodiversity and environment.

We promote corporate responsibility with the goal to incorporate sustainability into their business practices and also help companies to create best practices to reduce their environmental impacts.

Promoting afforestation, tree planting, ecological restoration and eco-development activities, with special attention to the degraded forest areas and lands adjoining the forest areas, national parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas.

Concept of workshop

The course will cover conventional topics in Field Botany like Diversity of Plants, Morphology, Nomenclature of plants, Systems of Classification, Keys to Important Families of Flowering Plants, Field Data Collection & Herbarium Techniques, Plant Associations & Interactions, Plant Communities in Different Ecosystems (Grasses, Aquatic Plants, Mangroves along with their adaptations).

This course is for beginners in field of botany, plant enthusiasts, ecologists, naturalists, students and wildlife biologists who want to enhance their knowledge of plant taxonomy and allied field. Participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of botany.

Resource persons:

·         Dr. V K Mohan, IFS (Retd.), Addl. PCCF, Govt. of Maharashtra.

·         Dr. Santosh Yadav, Botanist, The Serenity Library & Botanical Garden, Ahmedabad.

·         Dr. Alok Chorghe, Botanical Survey of India, Pune.

·         Mr. Harshad Ainapure, Taxonomist, Nature First Horticultures, Mumbai

Introduction to the place:

Tansa wildlife sanctuary is located in the Wada, Shahapur and Mokhada Talukas in Thane district of Maharashtra. It is at a distance of only 90 kms from the city of Mumbai. The sanctuary covers an area of around 320 sq. km, houses many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

The sanctuary comprises the catchment area of Tansa Lake and the surrounding forests of Shahapur, Khardi, Vaitarna and East Wada Ranges... Tansa Lake is one of the largest lakes in the state of Maharashtra which has a capacity to store 3 million gallons of water.

Close to the sanctuary, places of interest includes the famous Mahuli fort, the Mahadeo Temple in Tisla and the Plateau of Suryamal. All of these places possess importance that hold roots in the ancient times and each one of them has a story about itself to tell.


The forest type of the park is mostly southern tropical moist deciduous forests. The dominant tree species are Tectona grandis (Teak), Acacia catechu (Khair), Terminalia tomentosa (Ain), Adina cordifolia (Hed), Mitragyna parviflora (Kalamb), Pterocarpes marsupium (Bibla) etc. Bamboo is also found in patches.


The forests in the sanctuary provide ideal conditions to varieties of birds and animals. The sanctuary has a wide variety of fauna with over 54 species of animals and 200 species of birds. Major wild animals are Panther, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Hyena, Wild boar etc. Avifauna consists of Cacket tailed drongoes, Crested serpent eagles, Woodpeckers, Hornbill, Shrikes, Orioles, Bayas, Bulbuls, Egrets, Lapwings, Paradise flycatcher etc.

Things to carry:

·         TORCH (this is essential)

·         Batteries with a couple extra ones (for your torch and other equipment)

·         Shoes and slippers or flip-flops

·         Winter wear, cold cream

·         Water bottle to keep you constantly hydrated

·         You are requested to carry necessary medication and a basic first aid kit for your needs.

·         Collecting anything from protected area including plant parts is an offence.

·         Everyone is expected to wash their own plates and tea-cups.

·         You are requested to be culturally sensitive.

·         Use dull coloured clothes e.g. dull blue, grey, brown and green


Accommodation will be provided in a forest department’s cottage/ restroom/ tent/ dormitory/ floor matress (with basic toilet/bathroom facility) on multiple sharing basis, please carry towel and soap. We are unable to accommodate request of hot water for bath.


Simple local vegetarian food, Tea/Black tea, Snacks

Course Fees: Cost is INR.3200/- per person (INR.2800/- for students, with valid Collage ID), includes all meals (veg), accommodation, Certificate, course material and kit, internal traveling. (27th morning to 28th evening)

Spot registration – INR.3500/-

(Group discount 10% on minimum 3 candidate registration at a time.)

Reporting Time at Venue is 27th December, 2017 at 10.00 am

How to travel:

Nearest Railway Station: Local- Asangaon (4 km) for Long distance train – Kalyan (47 km). One can Board ( Asangaon or Kasara ) local train from Mumbai CST, Thane, Kalyan Nearest Airport: CST (Mumbai) - 84 km.

There are auto-rickshaws available to travel from Asangaon Station to Ecotourism Centre. (Please email your itinerary to guide you properly)

All Participants Are Expected To Be Physically And Mentally Prepared For Field Session.

Booking / cancellation policy:

·         Participants have to pay full amount to confirm their registration.

·         50% amount back if cancelled on or before 15th December 2017.
·         No amount will be returned for cancellations after 15th December 2017.

Last date to registration 21/12/2017.

Trek to Mahuli Fort on 29th December 2017. @ INR. 500/- include expert, accommodation, dinner - barbeque (Veg & nonveg INR. 50/-), high tea breakfast
& Campfire. Exclude lunch on 29th Dec 17.

Tentative Schedule:
Day 1 (28th Dec 17)
09.00 pm – Dinner & lights-out

Day 2 (29th Dec 17)
05.30 am – Wakeup call
06.00 am – Tea & Breakfast
06.15 am – Start climbing
08.30 am – Reach the fort & Explore
11.00 am – Reach the base
11.00 am – snacks & disburse - wind up

Transaction Details:

A/C Name: Society for Environment Conservation and Research

A/C Number: 24480100023062

Bank of Baroda

Branch: Jacob Circle Branch

IFSC Code: BARB0JACOBC (5th character is zero)

MICR Code: 400012092

Branch Code: JACOBC


Contact: Rehan Tamboli +91 9892842409, Sonal Yelkar +91 98209 31885,
Vishnu Mestry +91 8976319379. Email:

Rules to be followed for workshop & trek:

·         "Take nothing but memories and photographs, leave nothing but footprints".
·         Do Not Litter
·         No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol
·         Respect the Heritage & locals.
·         Personal medicines

·         All participants stick together in the group.
·         Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.

·         No person or no organization (SECR) or no group is responsible for any accident, mishap or any type of unfortunate incidents.

·         The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.

                                                             Hurry... Limited seats!

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