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   Lai Chi Wo
    Site Description

The site is within Plover Cove Country Park and Lai Chi Wo Special Area, with a variety of different habitats including woodlands and scrublands.  Some uncommon butterflies such as Club Silverline (Spindasis syama), Common Awl (Hasora badra), Tailed Sulphur (Dercas verhuelli) and White Commodore (Parasarpa dudu) can be seen.

    Site Protection

The site is within Plover Cove Country Park and Lai Chi Wo Special Area.


Green minibus:

20C   Tai Po Market (Nam Shing Street) - Wu Kau Tang

Disembark at Wu Kau Tang and walk along Fan Shui Au for about 2 hours to reach Lai Chi Wo.

    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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