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Species Distribution - Mangroves and Associated Fauna
   San Tau
    Site Description

Located on the west coast of Lantau Island, it is a shallow sheltering beach of about 2.7 hectares with fine sand and silt.  The substratum changes from a sandy shore at the northern part to a mud flat in the southern part.  The intertidal mudflat outside the mangroves supports a seagrass bed of Zostera japonica and Halophila ovalis, which are breeding and nursery grounds for horseshoe crabs.

    Site Protection

The mangrove stand is within San Tau Beach SSSI.

    Transportation

New Lantau Bus:
37       Tung Chung North - Yat Tung Estate
38       Tung Chung Railway Station - Yat Tung Estate
Disembark at Yat Tung Estate stop and walk along Yu Tung Road to Hau Wong Temple at Sha Tsui Tau Village, then cross the bridge near Tung Chung Outdoor Recreation Camp and walk along the shoreline to the site.

City Bus:
E21A   Ho Man Tin - Yat Tung Estate
Disembark at Chung Yan Road stop and walk along Yu Tung Road to Hau Wong Temple at Sha Tsui Tau Village, then cross the bridge near Tung Chung Outdoor Recreation Camp and walk along the shoreline to the site.

    Survey method

Surveys were undertaken during low tide period (i.e. tidal level < 1.2m).  The mangrove site was first identified from aerial photo; subsequently, ground truthing was conducted to delineate the exact boundary and extent of the mangrove to determine the total area.  During each survey, mangrove species were observed and recorded on site. Survey of mangrove-associated fauna was standardized by dividing each site into three zones (upper, middle and lower shore) followed by fauna searching in each zone for 15 minutes.

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