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   Shing Mun Country Park
    Site Description

Shing Mun Country Park was designated in 1977, as one of the first country parks in Hong Kong.  It occupies 1,400 hectares of countryside in the central New Territories.  The fung shui wood in front of the reservoir boasts diverse flora, and a variety of native plants can be found on both sides of Tai Shing Stream west of the reservoir.  About 120 butterfly species have been recorded in Shing Mun Country Park.  Some of them have conservation value, such as White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius) and Common Birdwing (Troides helena).  When visiting the country park, take a casual stroll along the trail west of the reservoir and observe carefully.  There will definitely be delightful discoveries.

    Site Protection

The site is within Shing Mun Country Park.


Green minibus:

82     Tsuen Wan Shiu Wo Street - Shing Mun Reservoir

94S   Tsuen Wan Transport Complex - Shing Mun Reservoir
(Special Route during public holidays)

Disembark at Shing Mun Reservoir.

    Survey method

The Pollard transect count method was adopted.  At each locality a fixed transect, typically of between 1 to 4 km in length, was walked.  Butterflies observed either in flight or settled on vegetation within 5m on either side of the observers were recorded.  There was no restriction on the recording distance in front of the observers, or on the height at which the butterflies could be recorded.  Information recorded included species, abundance, sex (if possible) and the habitat types where each species was seen.  The butterfly surveys were undertaken between March and November, which covers the flight period of most local species.  The transects were walked between 09:30 and 16:30 on rainless days, when the temperature was generally high enough for butterflies to become active.  Other variables recorded included time, weather and cloud cover, as well as the presence of butterfly eggs, larvae or pupae, and special behaviour such as courtship, mating and hill-topping.

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