Ecology of Hong Kong Field Course 2010

Date: October 18-22, 2010

 

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

 

On the first day, students went themangrove at Ting Kok to observe how the mangrove trees and their associatefauna adapt to the changing intertidal environment. Followed by the first day,students went to investigate the diversity and abundance of animals in StarfishBay, a protected sandy shore on the second day. We went to a shrubland near thecampsite on the third day to identify some of the common hillside plantspecies. The stream day was scheduled on the fourth day which students went toa freshwater stream at Tsuen Lung to identify and collect stream animals. Atnight, we went to Long Valley, the largest freshwater wetland in Hong Kong. Wewere there to explore diversity of the reptiles and amphibians. On the lastday, we went to Mai Po Nature Reserve, which was designated as a RAMSAR site,for birding watching and identification.

 

The field course ended with scientificknowledge and cultural exchange, and of course, fun! We hope to continue thecollaboration between different universities in the future, which allows moreacademic and cultural exchange opportunities for the both undergraduate andpostgraduate students.

 

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