Mai Po

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Here in our backyard, the areas of Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay, a tiny nature reserve squeezed between two of Asia's most densely populated cities, forms a critical link in this winged migration, a biological process that repeats itself every year.

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Spoonbills may struggle to spread wings in HK

Space is at a premium in congested Hong Kong - and that goes for the birds, too.

The black-faced spoonbill, which travels southwards to the city during winter, may fly elsewhere if local marshlands such as Mai Po are not protected, bird watchers warn.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City lights throw rare firefly off his game

If you think your love life is tough, spare a thought for the poor Maipo bent-winged firefly.

The insect, a species only recently discovered and unique to Hong Kong, emits flashes of light to attract a mate.

But the firefly's call may get drowned out by the light from 2,000 flats that a property developer hopes to build near its habitat at Mai Po.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Groups rally against WWF over land deal

Local green groups have united to denounce WWF Hong Kong for working with a subsidiary of the property giant Cheung Kong which wants to develop a plot of land near Mai Po.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen plan seen as boost for wetlands

Conservationists are welcoming a plan to upgrade a bird haven in Shenzhen's Futian National Nature Reserve into a wetland of international importance on a par with Hong Kong's Mai Po reserve.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Nature's wealth

By this time of the year, Mai Po's black-faced spoonbills are off to the north. Yet the wetland is anything but deserted and silent.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Bird's eye view of climate change

After kicking off the Climateers Ambassador Experiential Programme, green group WWF took its young Climateers to the Mai Po Nature Reserve.

In half-day field trips on January 22 and 23, the Climateers toured the reserve. They found out how climate change threatens the wetland habitat and got involved in its conservation.

2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Duck back after epic flight to Siberia

A wild duck fitted with a transmitter last December made it back home on Christmas Day, to the delight of conservationists working on the project.

The duck is the only one of 23 from Hong Kong tagged with the device to have returned to Mai Po.

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Fears for migratory flocks as fish farmers' nets claim another bird

For the second time in two weeks a bird has been killed near the Mai Po Nature Reserve in a trap set by fish farmers to keep feathered predators from feeding on their stock.

Conservationists fear more will die as thousands of migratory birds flock to overwinter around Deep Bay.

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Government must do more to protect Mai Po's rare visitors

Hong Kong is small and densely populated. It has been called many things, including a concrete jungle.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bird watchers develop a little competitive edge

Nothing sums up the contradictions that exist in Hong Kong quite as well as the art of bird watching.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

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.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Birdwatchers raise HK$1m for Mai Po

A birdwatching competition has raised nearly HK$1 million to improve the environment of the city's major bird haven.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Final focus on winter visitors

As winter comes to an end, migratory birds are set to travel back to their homes in the north.

But many species, both rare and common, remain in Hong Kong's countryside to hide from the chill in higher latitudes. If you want to catch a glimpse of the visitors before they leave, it is time to get out of your flat.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

New winter homes

A year-long project to renovate a special pond for migratory birds at the Mai Po Nature Reserve has been completed.

The reserve is managed by environmental organisation WWF.

Construction began last summer on one of 13 estuary ponds, or gei wai, to provide better environment for waterbirds staying in town during migration seasons.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am