Assessment of diversity, population structure, regeneration and conservation status of tree species in a sacred grove of west Midnapore district, West Bengal, India
Uday Kumar Sen
The present study was carried out for quantitative analysis of diversity, population structure, regeneration and conservation status of tree species in Joypur Joysini Matar Than (JJMT), a sacred grove of West Midnapore district. A total of 32 tree species belonging to 30 genera distributed in 23 families from 13 orders were recorded. Ficusbenghalensis, family Moraceae showed the highest SIVI (34.58%) and FIVI 76.36 (25.45%) values respectively. Individuals were categorized into three groups, seedling, sapling and adult based on girth classes. Majority of tree species (40.62%) species exhibited good regeneration followed by poor regeneration (28.12%) and fair regeneration (15.63%) respectively. The overall population structure of tree species showed a good regeneration potential with a stable nature of the sacred grove. The study area being a sacred grove would be well protected by tribal communities due to their religious sanctity.