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Firefly prompts new study for Yuen Long developers

The developers of a housing project at an ecologically sensitive Yuen Long wetland are broadening their environmental impact study, to assess the impacts of a vehicle bridge and verify the presence of a firefly species new to science.

Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am

Get creative on heritage issues

People have become increasingly aware of the importance of natural and built heritage to both a sense of history and the quality of life for present and future generations. As a result the need for continued development - and respect for property rights - has to be reconciled with a desire to conserve and enhance precious open space, oases of nature and historic buildings.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Counting on the frog chorus

When frogs in a field croak in chorus, they are not answering one another. They are in competition. Generally, only male frogs use their vocal sacs, which puff up like large balloons from their throats, to project their identity - distinct for every species - into the night.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wetland housing plan halved

The landowner and developer of the ecologically-sensitive Nam Sang Wai wetland have proposed cutting the total number of houses and flats they will build on the site in half, as well as establishing a nature reserve and a community park.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Homing in on their turf

A re-zoning plan for a piece of farmland in Sheung Shui has sparked concern among green groups that a haven for wetland birds will be destroyed for a residential project.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Mai Po residential project rejected

The Planning Department has rebuffed a developer that wants to build 21 houses and a clubhouse in the wetland buffer area near Mai Po. Rich Valley proposed easing the height restrictions from two to three storeys for the project, which covers a site area of about 9,000 square metres.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Green vision

A winning design for Central waterfront envisages an 'Amphibian Carpet'. What do you think of this mix of wetland and coastal development and what are the chances of our government adopting it? Write to us.

15 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Wetland saved from large-scale development - for now

One of the city's most precious wetlands, Sham Chung in Sai Kung, has been spared large-scale development for three years.

The Town Planning Board decided yesterday to uphold the government's draft plan for the 32.4 hectare site. A spokeswoman for the board said the Planning Department's draft balanced the need to conserve the wetland with the landowners' development rights.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

On the borderline

The go-ahead has been given to open up most of the restricted area along the border with Shenzhen for development. What should be done with these hills, farms, wetlands and villages, closed to the public for half a century? Write to us

11 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Walk on the wild side in Tin Shui Wai

Visitors to Hong Kong's new wetland park will immediately be struck by a stark contrast.

As they gaze across the park's 61-hectare expanse, their eyes will also be caught by the soaring residential blocks of neighbouring Tin Shui Wai.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am