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Site of Special Scientific Interest

Butterflies on the edge as humans move in

The butterfly population at a reserve in Tai Po has shrunk by up to 60 per cent since 2009 when a massive housing development started nearby, a conservation group claims.

Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am

Outlook & Living - Tai Po, Ma On Shan, Discovery Bay

Expansion plans

The government is to sell two plots of land in Pak Shek Kok, each with an area of 1.5 hectares. Together, they will provide a building area of more than 1 million sq ft, or 1,000 units of 1,000 sq ft each. The government will also put a 3.8-hectare plot up for sale in Pak Shek, in front of the Lok Wo Sha development project.

Naturalists' delight

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Burning doubt

If the Environmental Protection Department has its way, Hong Kong will be saddled with the world's largest waste incineration plant on a site that is the most expensive to develop (HK$14.96 billion at current prices), takes the longest time to construct, has the highest construction risk, and inflicts the most ecological damage.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Most want more nature sites, poll finds

The city does not have enough sites dedicated to the appreciation of nature, according to 440 out of 710 people surveyed by a green group.

They told the Tai Po Environmental Association they wanted more nature sites to be set aside, and more guided tours to showcase the city's plants, insects, birds and geology.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Island work is for green project, says landowner

Unauthorised works on an island site were for a greening project to attract tourists and most parts complied with the law, the site's owner said yesterday.

But the owner admitted that some of the drainage work on Ma Shi Chau in Tolo Harbour might have encroached on government land and said they were willing to dismantle it to rectify the problem.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Fears over plan to develop valley

Proposed development in country park a threat to rare plants and animals, environmentalists say

Environmentalists have expressed reservations over plans to develop a valley in the heart of the Pat Sin Leng Country Park, saying construction work and the subsequent increase in traffic would damage the ecologically sensitive area.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

In-depth research supports need to conserve forest

The rezoning request for the Tai Po Kau forest was backed up by thorough research. To support the application, Ruy Barretto's family worked with half a dozen environmental experts. They produced a book: Tai Po Kau Headland - Conservation Study and Site of Special Scientific Interest Proposal.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Reef coverage improves

There has been a slight improvement in the coral reef coverage in Hong Kong waters, a government survey has found. A three-month coral reef check found coverage in 19 sites ranged from 23.1 to 71.9 per cent.

28 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Boat sinks as weather worsens

Updated at 5.19pm: Two mainlanders were stranded in waters north of Lantau Island on Thursday morning after their boat sank in stormy weather, police said.

One man swam ashore and rang police at Sham Shek Tsuen pier on Lantau, saying the other man was missing. The boat was later found near Sha Chau, an island outside Hong Kong's territorial waters.

5 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Court blocks valley development

Updated at 6.12pm: Hong Kong's environmental movement got a massive boost on Tuesday after developers failed in their bid to overturn a decision to make part of Sha Lo Tung Valley a site of special scientific interest.

9 Jan 2001 - 12:00am