[Hong Kong] 鷺鳥林指引 Egretry Guidelines

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鷺鳥林指引 Egretry Guidelines


Guidelines for Planning and Carrying out Construction Works at Egretries

Back in 2013 and 2014, there were a number of cases of construction works at nesting colonies of egrets and herons (egretries) during the breeding season. This put at risk the safety of breeding birds, chicks, eggs and nests, which are protected under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Cap 170). These incidents stimulated the HKBWS to organize a workshop in 2014 to develop guidelines for planning and carrying out construction works at egretries. Officers, engineers and consultants from government departments and the private sector participated in the discussion and gave us helpful comments for the formulation of these guidelines. In August this year, the guidelines are finally published and have circulated them to the Environment Bureau, Development Bureau and other key stakeholders. We hope they will assist works departments, contractors and project proponents both to plan and execute works around egretries without causing unavoidable impacts. Last but not least, we would like to thank our Egret Research Group, all participants of the egretry workshop in 2014 and AFCD for their contribution and valuable comments on the guidelines.

Guidelines for Planning and Carrying out Construction Works at Egretries (First edition, August 2016)
香港觀鳥會 HKBWS