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   Tai Tam Country Park
    Site Description

 With most of its vegetation severely damaged during World War II, Tai Tam was a barren valley of denuded slopes a few decades ago. After the war, systematic reforestation work got underway to revegetate the badly eroded hills. The hard work has paid off, and today's Tai Tam is green and full of life. Most common tree species are highly tolerant to dry weather and strong wind. On the slopes and ravines you find natural shrubs and flowering plants that blossom in winter and Rhododendrons that show their colours in spring.

The dense woodlands on the two sides of Tai Tam Reservoir Road and the region south of Mount Parker are ideal habitats for native wild animals. Many amphibians dwell along the hill streams. One example is the Hong Kong Newt. Tai Tam is the only place on Hong Kong Island where this little creature can be found. Sharing this valley with the newt is the Romer's Tree Frog, which was transferred here from Lantau to make way for the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. Nocturnal amphibians distributed in Tai Tam include Asiatic Painted Frog and the Brown Tree Frog. Reptiles found in Tai Tam include venomous snakes such as Many-banded Krait, Chinese Cobra and Red-necked Keelback , as well as the Changeable Lizard.

    Site Protection

The site is within Tai Tam Country Park

    Transportation

City Bus:
6       Exchange Square (Central) - Stanley Prison
41A   North Point Ferry Pier - Wah Fu (Central)
76      Moreton Terrace (Causeway Bay) - Shek Pai Wan
Disembark at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park stop and walk uphill towards Hong Kong Parkview, then walk along the Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

314    Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) - Stanley (Beach / Market) (Special Route during public holidays)
Disembark at Tai Tam Country Park stop and walk along the Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

New World First Bus:
14      Grand Promenade (Sai Wan Ho) - Stanley Fort (Gate)
Disembark at Tai Tam Country Park stop and walk along the Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

63      North Point Ferry Pier - Stanley Prison (No service on Sundays & public holidays)
66      Exchange Square (Central) -Stanley Plaza
Disembark at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park stop and walk uphill towards Hong Kong Parkview, then walk along the Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

Green Minibus:
5        Lokhart Road (Causeway Bay) - Nam Ning Street (Aberdeen)
Disembark at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park and walk uphill towards Hong Kong Parkview, then walk along the Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

    Survey method

Surveys are conducted by active searching in potential hiding places and breeding grounds such as pools, under rocks and leaf litter, etc.  Tools such as hiking sticks for probing holes along catchwaters, snake hooks and tongs for catching snakes, hand nets for collecting tadpoles, etc. are employed.

For amphibian surveys, night-time auditory detection of calling males at breeding sites, and sampling of tadpoles and eggs in aquatic habitats, are also undertaken.  For snake and lizard surveys, placing of cover boards to increase chances of encountering these animals are also used.

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