Call of the wild
Would you recognise a leopard cat if it crossed your path? Or an otter? Mai Po Nature Reserve's 'nature interpreters' do not guarantee you'll see either of these creatures if you join their night safari, but you might.
The WWF reserve, in Deep Bay, is introducing a range of summer eco-tours across its 2,700-hectare site, but has so far announced only two, the other being a look at gei wai (shrimp) harvesting.
The five-hour night safari will take place every Saturday evening until the end of August. Groups of up to 20 people (of at least 12 years of age) will be guided into the reserve, to enjoy the sunset and moon rise in 'one of the most tranquil places in Hong Kong', and witness hundreds of birds returning to their nests for the night.
As night falls, the expedition, equipped with bat detectors and pheromone traps, will explore the mangroves and take a look at the freshwater gei wai, perhaps encountering black spectacled toads and fireflies.
Gei wai cultivation is an important part of Hong Kong's coastal heritage. Mai Po's second tour includes a visit to Hong Kong's only gei wai museum and instruction in the operation of shrimp ponds in Deep Bay. Guests will also get a taste of fresh gei wai.
The three-hour harvesting tour is scheduled for the early evenings - when the tidal range is relatively greater - of June 21, July 10 and August 14.
Both tours cost HK$280 per person (HK$240 for WWF Hong Kong members, those aged over 65 and full-time students), which includes a return trip from and to Yuen Long MTR station.
For further information, the announcement of other tours and bookings, visit www.wwf.org.hk or call 2471 3480.