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Species Distribution - Mangroves and Associated Fauna
   Tai O Saltpans
    Site Description

Lying on the southwestern coast of Lantau, Tai O Saltpans is one of the few disused saltpans left in Hong Kong. Planting of mangroves of various native species was carried out in the saltpans in 2005-2007 so as to compensate for the loss of mangrove from the construction of the new airport at Chek Lap Kok and the associated development in North Lantau. A large area of mangrove has been created inside the saltpans and nourishes diverse species of wetland fauna, including crabs, gastropods, mudskippers and wetland birds.

    Site Protection

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

    Transportation

New Lantau Bus:      
1     Mui Wo - Tai O
11   Tung Chung - Tai O
Disembark at Tai O bus terminal. The Tai O Saltpans are adjacent to the southern side of the bus stop.

    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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