birding-aus Kong Kong Development

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Subject: birding-aus Kong Kong Development
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 05:50:16 +1000
G'day All,
Just came across this message on Oriental Birding, I'm sure it will
concern anyone that has 'birded' Hong Kong.

Dear All,

   This is a message from Mr C Y Lam, Chairman of H K Bird Watching
Society to anyone who
  has visited Long Valley in last couple of years

  >I hope you still remember Long Valley, the small flood plain near
  >Shui and next to the railway going to China.  It is a place where
more than
  >200 species of birds have been recorded and is effectively the last
  >for Painted Snipes in Hong Kong.  It is the last piece of inland
  >wetland in the once-upon-a-time extensive plain in the northwestern
part of Hong Kong.
  >That active wetland agriculture is being practised here is a
  >factor to the observed bird diversity.
  >We are hoping to build a case to protect the place from proposed
  and highway "development".
  >I hope you could help us with a few lines which we could present to
  >media in Hong Kong as well as government officials on your impression
  >Long Valley.  It would naturally be impolite if I dictate what you
  >say.  However, we would appreciate it if you would tell us, from the
  >of view of a foreign visitor or a resident for a few years, why you
  >the place should be preserved.  Tell us what you have seen there,
bird and
  >people, and how the observations compared with for example reserves
  >elsewhere in thwe world.  Do you have a record of  birds you saw at
  >Valley?  Or tell us your impression or how the place gave joy to
you?  Can
  >you Also help us with some ideas on what we could do at Long Valley
to make it interesting
  to foreign visitors as well as to local visitors?
  >We are badly in need of your feedback.  Railway and road projects
  >across Long Valley at right angles fragmenting the habitat completely
  >being presented to certain government bodies in early December.  And
  have only another month or so to work out our proposed plans for the
place for
  >submission to the government as an alternative to the published
  >Any help from you will be greatly appreciated.  If you do give us
those few
  >lines requested above, please kindly also give me your full name and
  contact details.  (Reporters and government officials I imagine wish
to be assured
  >that the comments come from a real person.)
  >Also, if you know of any people who have been to Long Valley, please
  >this message to them and request them to help us as well.
  >Yours sincerely,
  >C Y Lam
  >Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
There was no email address for Mr Lam but the Hong Kong Birdwatching
Society can be contacted on  or through their website

Tom Tarrant
Dayboro, Qld

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