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   Pui O
    Site Description

Pui O is a bay shaped by the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula and the lower slopes of Sunset Peak. A main river from a valley to the east and another smaller river drain into the bay, forming an estuary. Villagers enclosed this wetland and converted it into rice paddies. This is indicated by the name Ham Tin, meaning salty paddy field. At the shore, a long beach is formed by the interaction between the current of the South China Sea and the rivers. Although a popular leisure resort on Lantau, Pui O has still maintained its natural scenery of fung shui woods, marshes and streams. These different habitats, in particular the marsh, are known to support a diverse amphibian fauna.

    Site Protection

The site is zoned as Coastal Protection Area on the relevant Outline Zoning Plan.

    Transportation

New Lantau Bus:
1        Mui Wo - Tai O
2        Mui Wo - Ngong Ping
3M     Mui Wo - Tung Chung Town Center
4        Mui Wo - Tong Fuk
A35    Mui Wo - Airport 
N1      Mui Wo - Tai O (Over Night Route)
N35    Mui Wo - Airport (Over Night Route)
Disembark at Pui O San Wai Tsuen stop.

    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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