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Ecology of Hong Kong: Field Course 2010

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Date: October 18-22, 2010

The Ecology of Hong Kong Field Course 2010 was successfully held in the Kadoorie Institute, Shek Kong. This year, again, we had staff and students from The University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Xiamen University, China joining the 5-day residential field camp with staff and students from The University of Hong Kong. In total, 11 XMU undergraduate students and 27 Hong Kong undergraduate and associate degree students participated in this field camp. They were supervised by the staff and postgraduate students from the three universities during the field camp. In these 5 days, they went to different habitats of Hong Kong to experience the nature and appreciate the biodiversity.

On the first day, students went the mangrove at Ting Kok to observe how the mangrove trees and their associate fauna adapt to the changing intertidal environment. Followed by the first day, students went to investigate the diversity and abundance of animals in Starfish Bay, a protected sandy shore on the second day. We went to a shrubland near the campsite on the third day to identify some of the common hillside plant species. The stream day was scheduled on the fourth day which students went to a freshwater stream at Tsuen Lung to identify and collect stream animals. At night, we went to Long Valley, the largest freshwater wetland in Hong Kong. We were there to explore diversity of the reptiles and amphibians. On the last day, we went to Mai Po Nature Reserve, which was designated as a RAMSAR site, for birding watching and identification.

The field course ended with scientific knowledge and cultural exchange, and of course, fun! We hope to continue the collaboration between different universities in the future, which allows more academic and cultural exchange opportunities for the both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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