Towering over 1,884 meters above sea level and cradled amidst mist-covered mountains of the central hills massif of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, lies Jetwing St. Andrew’s (Latitude- 6.979587 Longitude-80.763823). A model wetland was designed and developed at this hotel to attract wildlife. This valuable man-made ecosystem now supports a number of dragonflies, butterflies, land snails, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Jetwing St. Andrew’s is located close to the border of Mount Piduruthalagala and the main vegetation type in the area is mountain rain forest, also known as cloud forest. Most of the time it is covered with mist and typically drizzling.
Cloud forest: also called a fog forest, is generally a tropical or subtropical, evergreen, montane, moist forest characterized by a persistent, frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. Cloud forests often exhibit an abundance of mosses covering the ground and vegetation, in which case they are also referred to as mossy forests. Mossy forests usually develop on the saddles of mountains, where moisture introduced by settling clouds is more effectively retained.
SPECIES DIVERSITY OF SOME VERTEBRATE AND INVERTEBRATE FAUNA GROUPS IN JETWING ST. ANDREW’S, NUWARA ELIYA, SRI LANKA.
List of Dragonflies recorded at Jetwing St. Andrew’s:
List of Butterflies recorded at Jetwing St. Andrew’s:
List of Land Snails Recorded in JWSA.
List of Amphibians Recorded in JWSA.
List of Reptiles Recorded in JWSA.
List of Birds Recorded in JWSA.