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   Shing Mun Country Park
    Site Description

Shing Mun Country Park is famous for its profuse woodlands. In front of the reservoir one finds the original site of the old Tai Wai village. Nearby is a fung shui wood harbouring magnificent old trees belonging to more than 70 species. To preserve the local flora, this site has been designated a Special Area protected by law. Along Tai Shing Stream, to the west of Shing Mun Reservoir, there is a dazzling show of flowering plants with several different species of camellia. Post-war reforestation efforts across the territory have seen their greatest success in Shing Mun. The richest woodlands can be found in Shing Mun Valley at the northern end of the reservoir, facing Lead Mine Pass. Arguably the best plantations in Hong Kong, these forests make up a secluded Eden for the many wildlife inhabitants. The fung shui woods cultivated by villagers are now cradles for regenerated native afforestation species. Across the slopes, maturing subtropical forests spread in all directions. In the lush woodlands, you find towering trees as well as entwining vines that occupy the middle storey.

    Site Protection

The site is within Shing Mun Country Park

    Transportation

Green Minibus:
82     Tsuen Wan Shiu Wo Street - Shing Mun Reservoir
94S   Tsuen Wan Transport Complex - Shing Mun Reservoir (Special Route during public holidays)
Disembark at Shing Mun Reservoir.

    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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