Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island is surrounded by hills covered in forest. Tree cover has expanded a lot since the 1940s, but native tree and plant species have been crowded out by imports, something researchers hope to redress.  Photo: James Wendlinger
Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island is surrounded by hills covered in forest. Tree cover has expanded a lot since the 1940s, but native tree and plant species have been crowded out by imports, something researchers hope to redress. Photo: James Wendlinger

Forests expand in Hong Kong, but they lack diversity – researchers are looking at how to make them more hospitable to native wildlife

  • Hong Kong’s forests have been repeatedly cleared, but each time they grow back; however, they lack the species diversity needed to nurture native wildlife
  • An experiment by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden aims to change that by seeing what steps are required for a wider range of trees and forest plants to grow

Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island is surrounded by hills covered in forest. Tree cover has expanded a lot since the 1940s, but native tree and plant species have been crowded out by imports, something researchers hope to redress.  Photo: James Wendlinger
Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island is surrounded by hills covered in forest. Tree cover has expanded a lot since the 1940s, but native tree and plant species have been crowded out by imports, something researchers hope to redress. Photo: James Wendlinger
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