365 bird species
pawalgarh, sitabani and kotabagh are situated in the newly declared conservation reserve in the beautiful ,vast and rich forests of ramnagar forest division which in turn is a part of the tarai arc landscape. the conservation reserve was notified in dec 2012 encompassing an area of nearly 60 sq km. the area had been the home turf of jim corbett and many of his writings are set in this area. sandani gaza a beautiful large grassland in proximity of riverine forests is located 5km south-east of powalgarh frh. according to jim corbett, sandani gaja in addition to being the most beautiful spot for hundred miles round is noted for its birdlife.the area primarily drained by dabka river and has prime forests of sal and other species. baur river flows to the east of the area. kotabagh plateau is under inhabitation and agriculture but the forest edges are rich in birdlife. the entire landscape in the backdrop of nainital range of mountains is a mosaic of dense sal ,mixed riverine forest, grasslands,rocky river-beds, inhabitation and agriculture. the area is already attracting a large number of birdwatching visitors on account of its diverse birdlife,estimated to be over 365 bird species.