March for the Mai Po marshes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2006, 12:00am

To increase public awareness and appreciation of nature, the conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will hold their annual charity walk, 'Walk for Nature@Mai Po', on October 15 and 22 at the Mai Po Nature Reserve.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for the public.

Many of the reserve's protected areas, which are accessible only to people with special permits, will be open to the walkers.

Participants will be able to see different species of birds in their natural habitats, including freshwater ponds and swamps.

The walk is about five kilometres long and should take around three hours to complete.

To enhance the educational value of the event, a series of interactive checkpoints will be set up along the route.

These should help visitors learn more about the different habitats.

Walkers can also take part in a special game.

The game has been designed to help them to learn more about the different species at Mai Po.

Each participant will be assigned one of the species common to the reserve - either a mudskipper, buffalo, Black-faced Spoonbill or dragonfly - before the walk.

At each checkpoint, they will learn about their species and its life at the reserve.

Workshops will be held to teach participants about wildlife.

For example, you can learn to use microscopes and other equipment to observe nature at work.

A poll at the last checkpoint will ask participants to share their thoughts on wetland conservation.

As the walk is a charitable event, participants need to raise a certain amount of sponsorship before enrolling in the programme.

For full-time students or those aged 18 and below, the minimum donation amount is HK$300 per person.

A family needs to raise at least $1,500 to take part in the walk.

The proceeds will be used for WWF Hong Kong's conservation and education programmes.

A special gift will be presented to individuals who raise HK$1,200 or more.

Families who raise HK$2,200 or more each will also receive a special gift as an acknowledgement of their support.

The last date for enrolment is September 29.