Mai Po Marshes

Road Test: Mai Po Tour

A great egret at Mai Po Nature Reserve. Photo: Nora Tam

My children are too young for hiking and Hong Kong's beaches are now too cold to visit, so a trip to the Mai Po wetlands seemed a good way for them to enjoy the outdoors and learn something, too.

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 2:06pm

Shrinking Shenzhen mangrove forests poses threat to migratory birds

Shenzhen has just 130 hectares of mangrove forest, compared with more than 530 hectares in the early 1980s. Photo: Chow Chung-yan

The dramatic shrinking of Shenzhen's mangrove forests over the past three decades poses a threat to the many migratory birds that visit Hong Kong's Mai Po Nature Reserve each autumn, winter and spring, experts in both cities warn.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:04am

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

Developer seeks delay in wetlands planning bid

A property developer has asked for a delay in submitting its planning application for a housing project near the Mai Po reserve, amid mounting public concern over the development's environmental impact.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Heavy traffic on flight path

Excited birdwatchers observed a record number of migratory birds at the Mai Po nature reserve this winter.

But the rare black-faced spoonbill, whose presence has attracted enthusiasts from around the world to the wetland, was fewer in number.

10 Mar 2011 - 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

Putting youth in touch with nature

Underprivileged children in Tin Shui Wai and Yuen Long will have a chance to get close to nature, thanks to WWF Hong Kong and Operation Santa Claus (OSC).

WWF is planning a trip to the Mai Po Nature Reserve for the children, with funding from OSC.

2 Nov 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

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

Off with the birds

With the weather gradually warming up, it's the perfect time to head outdoors, and the WWF's Thousands of Birds in Action tour is a good choice.

Birds fly to Hong Kong from the north to avoid the cold every year, making this a good time for bird watching. You might have a chance to witness a fantastic scene - thousands of birds eating in the same estuary pond - or gei wai.

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Mai Po housing project approved

The Town Planning Board has approved a controversial 350-unit Henderson Land housing project bordering the Mai Po nature reserve in Yuen Long. Nearly 400 objections out of 431 comments were received during a public consultation in May as people feared the loss of 4.7 hectares and harm to bird habitats. A spokesman said Henderson would have to apply mitigation measures.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Hurt rare bird set free at Mai Po

A young black-faced spoonbill flew the coup at Mai Po nature reserve yesterday after seven weeks of tender, loving care to treat injuries caused when it got entangled in fishing line and swallowed a hook.

The bird, less than a year old, is the only one of four birds found near the reserve to survive such an ordeal.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mai Po wants review of bird-flu shutdowns

WWF seeks HK$1m for closure of reserve

WWF Hong Kong will seek a review of the guidelines on bird-flu closures and HK$1 million in compensation for the shutdown of the Mai Po Nature Reserve.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Shenzhen mangroves dying; Mai Po could be next

Deep Bay pollution threat to bird haven, HK warned as border city faces disaster

The mangrove forests of Shenzhen are dying because of rapid urbanisation, industrial pollution and invasion by alien species, according to a city government report.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am