- To establish historical trends and foster local and regional involvement by collating existing biological information from Mai Po Nature Reserve and its nearby environs;
- To gather the most up-to-date biological information from the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay Ramsar site through in-depth biological field surveys;
- To engage “citizen scientists” and enhance the biodiversity knowledge of the general public and secondary school and university students through participation in these biological surveys;
- To share wetland conservation knowledge and ideas by publishing related education materials and organising wetland-themed symposiums.
Discovering Biodiversity in Hong Kong Wetlands
Biodiversity of Mai Po
The Natural Wonders of Mai Po
- Over 400 species of birds : Among which, 49 are of global conservation concern, including the iconic Black-faced Spoonbill, Saunders’s Gull and Nordmann’s Greenshank
- Over 100 butterfly species and 300 moth species: Two of the moth species – Thalassodes maipoensi – is new to science
- Over 50 of dragonfly and damselfly species : One being globally-threatened is the Four-spot Midget
- Over 40 crabs species: The list includes Parasesarma maipoensis which is first found at Mai Po
- Over 10 shrimp species
- Over 80 aquatic invertebrates excluding insects;
- Over 320 plants species
- Over 30 mammal species : The list includes Eurasian Otter, a species of special conservation concern;
- Over 50 fish species
- Over 20 reptile species and 8 amphibians species
Helping Mai Po Nature Reserve flourish
What do we do?
- Manage and maintain the major habitats in Mai Po Nature Reserve to safeguard, and if possible, to maximise native biodiversity, particularly species of conservation importance.
- Research and monitor habitats and wildlife to ensure management yields the desired benefits for species and share experience to other wetlands in the region. We also facilitate external parties to conduct research in our site.
- Train fellow wetland conservationists in Asia in nature reserve management, and environmental education
- Offer guided public awareness programmes and school activities with the aim to nurture the next generation of nature guardians.
- Promote and support measures to reduce and minimise external threats to the habitats and wildlife at the Reserve