Sha Lo Tung is a rare freshwater valley wetland in Hong Kong. In the early years, it was second on the List of Priority Sites for Enhanced Conservation in the New Nature Conservation Policy, after Ramsar site at Mai Po Inner Deep Bay, underscoring its unique ecological importance.
Sha Lo Tung is best known for its rich dragonfly diversity, giving it the name “dragonfly paradise”. Unfortunately, along with changes brought about by the passage of time, and exacerbated by other factors like human destruction etc., the wetland slowly dried out and overall biodiversity declined. In 2018, we implemented the Sha Lo Tung Habitat and Biodiversity Conservation management agreement. We have been rebuilding the wetlands and reviving the degraded habitats. We have also been carrying out a series of ecological surveys covering dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles, mammals, freshwater fish, butterflies and plants. Systematic local ecological data records have provided us with important indicators for reviewing and improving conservation work.