Asia

China (Hong Kong) – Hong Kong Birdwatching Society (HKBS)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1957
Members: 1900
Staff: 14
Castle Peak Rd, HK
hkbws@hkbws.org.hk

address: 7C, V Ga Building 532 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok

Mission of the organisation

  • To facilitate and encourage the study of birds in Hong Kong
  • To provide information and assistance to all, whether visitors to Hong Kong or residents, who are interested in birds
  • To collate and publish from time to time the field records of all birdwatchers in Hong Kong
  • To publish and keep up to date a checklist of the birds of Hong Kong
  • To assist in the enforcement of the law relating to the protection of birds in Hong Kong
  • To maintain a library of books on birds
  • To exchange information among members and with ornithological societies in other countries
  • To promote the conservation of birds and their habitats in Hong Kong and Asia

Key Activities

Conservation

  • To present HKBWS views on local development plans
  • To provide professional comments to the government on conservation action, birds and habitat protection
  • International representation in BirdLife International and Oriental Bird Club
  • Involvement in Asia Red Data Book and Important Bird Area compilation
  • Campaign for the conservation work of Mai Po since 1979
  • Founder of Hong Kong Big Bird Race, annual fund-raising activity for wildlife and habitat conservation of WWFHK

Research

  • The Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay Waterfowl Monitoring programme
  • Review of Hong Kong bird record
  • Publication of annual Hong Kong Bird Report and maintain a checklist of birds of Hong Kong
  • Wintering ecology of Black-faced Spoonbill
  • Bird monitoring at Long Valley
  • Breeding bird survey at Tai Po Kau Forest Reserve

Education

  • Promoting bird watching as an extracurricular activity among secondary schools
  • Weekend birdwatching outings to various bird habitats in Hong Kong
  • Organize birdwatching tours in mainland China
  • Slide shows, talks and lectures on birdwatching and nature conservation

 

China Programme

China Programme currently operated by Hong Kong Bird Watching Society has helped establish more than 20 birdwatching societies in cities and provinces on the Chinese mainland and has trained hundreds of citizen conservationist to take part in bird surveys, the identification and management of Important Bird Areas, and the conservation of threatened species. 

China has an incredibly diverse and rich biodiversity, but rapid economic development is placing increasing pressure on the country’s environment. Studies by BirdLife International and Chinese ornithologists have found 87 globally threatened bird species in China, and identified 512 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.

The China Programme aims to:

  • support the emergence of civil society organisations with an interest in, and concern for, China’s birds and the environment,
  • support the development of birdwatching and bird conservation in mainland China, with the participation of the Chinese public, 
  • raise awareness of the importance of birds and key areas for conservation,
  • build capacity in species and site conservation, education and organisational management,
  • promote the development of bird monitoring and site-conservation activities.

The China Programme now plays a leading role in promoting bird watching and conservation in China. The number of birdwatching societies has more than doubled, from ten to 20-plus and growing. At least 23 emerging or established Chinese birdwatching societies have taken part in activities organised by the Programme, including training workshops in waterbird and forest bird survey techniques, environmental education and Important Bird Areas (IBAs).

The Programme has started projects focusing on threatened species conservation under the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme, Species include Blue-crowned LaughingthrushChinese Crested TernSpoon-billed Sandpiper and Rufous-backed Bunting

The programme aims to build up the capacity of bird watching organisations in a variety of skills such as survey techniques, site conservation activities, fundraising, education and organisational management.  The China Programme has conducted conservation work in southern China since 2014 to address the problem of illegal bird hunting

Through workshops, the publication of practical handbooks (Methods for Bird Surveys and Bird Conservation Project Management), environmental education, promotional leaflets and posters, the website and a discussion forum, the Programme is raising awareness of the importance of China’s birds and key areas for conservation. 

The Programme supported the organisation of the China Coastal Waterbird Census, which started in 2005 with keen amateur bird watchers from different coastal areas of mainland China. Its aim is to understand the distribution, migration and seasonal changes of waterbirds along the eastern coast of mainland China through monthly surveys.

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