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by Thomas Gomersall

In the southeast of Hong Kong Island, within easy walking distance of several residential estates, lies Tai Tam Country Park. This place is a popular walking site for many local residents, both of the immediate vicinity and Hong Kong Island as a whole, who come for a stroll along its famous reservoir or to check out its secluded waterfalls.

The tranquil forested slopes, however offer more than stunning views of the reservoir below. Plant enthusiasts will be treated to a virtual botanical garden of beautiful species whose fruits and blossoms colour the hillsides, while animal lovers would…


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Hkun Lat WWF Australia

by Thomas Gomersall

As discussed in previous blogs, to have any chance of adequately addressing the climate and ecological crises we face, one of the many things we must urgently do is to address the US$2.5 trillion deficit in annual funding for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Greater private investment in environmental projects is essential to close this funding gap by more than half, but another method with great potential to close it even faster is environmental bonds, also known as green bonds.

For the uninitiated, a bond is a financial instrument that companies or governments issue in order…


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by Eric Wikramanayake

Wetlands don’t look like much. They lack the majesty of rainforests, the scorching intensity of deserts, or the awe-inspiring expanses of grasslands that meld with the horizon. But wetlands are rightfully recognised as among the most important ecosystems, ranking up there with rainforests, for the biodiversity they harbour, and the ecosystem services they provide.

Wetlands occur at the intersection of water and land and can cover a gamut of different ecosystems; from marshes and swamps to coastal mangroves. Because they remain flooded for long periods, they support a unique ecological community comprising aquatic plants that flourish in…


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by Thomas Gomersall

Located at the northern end of Bride’s Pool Road just across the water from the border with mainland China, Starling Inlet in no way rivals the size or diversity of birdlife of Mai Po. But its mixed habitat of mangroves, abandoned farmland and lowland streams still provides a home for a wide variety of interesting wildlife, including some of the migrant birds that also visit Mai Po. …


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by Thomas Gomersall

A new year brings new hope, both for people that a COVID-19 vaccine will help end the ongoing pandemic and, with your help, for the Hoolock gibbons of Myanmar that their rainforest habitat will be restored.

In Myanmar, as in much of their range, these small apes are under threat from hunting and habitat loss. The latter is especially damaging as gibbons require large areas of forest in order to maintain viable populations. But because of deforestation, many populations are divided into small, isolated forest fragments, potentially making them very vulnerable to eventual die-off through hunting or…


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by Thomas Gomersall

Species:

Several snake species are known to be traded in Hong Kong. These include ones native to Hong Kong and southern China like the Chinese cobra (Naja atra), banded krait (Bungarus fasciatus) and copperhead racer (Coelognathus radiatus), but also ones from elsewhere in Asia, such as the Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii) from the Indian subcontinent and the monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) from Southeast Asia (Cockram et al, 1990; Wong et al, 2009).

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by Thomas Gomersall

Though not the most attractive habitats, the intertidal estuaries of Hong Kong support a vast array of life, including countless snails, worms, crabs and bivalves, such as clams as mussels. So for anyone who enjoys looking for small marine creatures in rock pools or in the sand, estuaries are a treasure trove.

One of the most accessible of these habitats is in Starfish Bay, which is located within easy walking distance of Ma On Shan and, at low tide, is a great place to find some of Hong Kong’s weirdest but most wonderful species. However, it is…


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by Thomas Gomersall

As part of efforts to engage young Hong Kongers with nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s Connect2Nature Academy offers a series of weekend outdoor workshops for children aged 6–12. Held at three of WWF’s visitor centres — Mai Po, Hoi Ha Wan and Island House — these classes allow children to explore some of Hong Kong’s most important habitats; from wetlands to coral reefs to the urban jungle. But more than just seeing these habitats, they also enjoy an immersive learning experience about the incredible species that call them home, as well as valuable skills in teamwork and citizen science…

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