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Walk for Nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve is happening on 7-8 November! We have restructured this year’s event as a healthy outdoor activity that allows for social distancing while retaining the fun elements for family, friends and corporate staff to connect with nature.
 
Spending time outdoors in a small-group setting is great for family wellbeing, offering a memorable day experience with our reserve team, who will be on hand to provide insights into Mai Po’s special habitats and species. Special highlights this year will include ceramics workshops, invasive species removal, art jam and more! 

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Celebrity singer and actress Gigi Leung is this year’s event ambassador

Theme: Our Habitat, Our Home

Mai Po Nature Reserve is one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Hong Kong, with a rich and diverse array of birds and other wildlife. But none of this would be here were it not for its equally rich and diverse habitats. Six distinct habitat types – fishponds, freshwater ponds, reedbeds, gei wai, mangroves and mudflats – can be found within Mai Po, some with their own unique wildlife and all playing a vital role in sustaining local biodiversity. Some habitats, like mangroves, even provide important services to humans like protecting coastal areas from typhoons. That’s why the theme for this year’s Walk for Nature is “Our Habitat, Our Home”.  

Through the activities held along the walking route, participants will learn about the importance of Mai Po’s habitats and of preserving them for biodiversity and for our own wellbeing.  

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ROUTE A: MAI PO WANDERERS


 Apart from enjoying the beauty of the wetlands, participants can take part in fun educational activities along the route, including a bird hide visit, expert talks and a chance to meet our two new resident water buffaloes! 
 
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Route B: Wetlands Exploration
(Suitable for Age 9 and above)
Participants will observe wildlife up-close and learn about Mai Po’s biodiversity. Apart from exploring the amazing wetlands, participants can take part in the following activities:
 Yoga Workshop - Be at one with nature by practicing yoga on the wooden boardwalk. Classes suitable for intermediate yoga practitioners.
Mikania Removal - One of the most common invasive species in the reserve, mikania infestation negatively affects Mai Po's habitat  Experts will help participants search for traces of the species, introduce the impacts of mikania and lead a clearance activity in the Reserve.
Apple Snail Removal - Wade through a lily pond to help remove apple snails, another well-known invasive species in the Reserve and learn about the freshwater pond's special role 
The Mangrove Boardwalk -- Walk along a magnificent mangrove forest accompanied by our professional eco-guide, who will take you to a floating bird hide where you enjoy the magnificient view over Inner Deep Bay and glimpse the thriving mudflat ecology.
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​Route C: Nature Art Lab
(Suitable for Age 9 and above)
Using locally available natural materials, participants create simple, beautiful handicraft to gain an appreciation of our wetlands through the following workshops:Ceramic Workshop - Learn more about the gei wai culture and the beauty of different species in Mai Po by creating their own unique species using mud from the gei wai.
Postcard Drawing Station - Breathe in nature in the middle of a freshwater pond as you learn simple techniques to draw the many frequent wildlife visitors in Mai Po.
Rope bag DIY hub - Create a sustainable shopping bag using natural materials 
The Mangrove Boardwalk - Walk along a magnificent mangrove forest accompanied by our professional eco-guide, who will take you to a floating bird hide to enjoy the magnificent view over Inner Deep Bay and glimpse the thriving mudflat ecology.