17 February 2015 / WWF-Hong Kong kindly invited us to visit Mai Po Ramsar site and observe their popular 4-hour Secondary school Mangrove Ecology programme.
We joined around 30 Upper Secondary students from Tai Po on a guided tour covering habitats including reed beds, gei wais (traditional shrimp ponds), mangroves and mud flats that make up Hong Kong’s 1,500 hectare Wetland of International Importance. Winter (January – April) is the best time to visit when the site becomes a haven for migratory birds including the Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) (IUCN Red List- Endangered).
The visit is part of our new initiative as the newest Hong Kong members of WLI, to build capacity and knowledge for best practice in wetland education at our site in Tai Tam, and support development of other programmes around Hong Kong.
Big thank you to Cecily Yip, Education Manager for WWF-HK for her time and we look forward to future projects!