Royal Geographical Society School Outreach Programme

Date: 18 September 2015

Time: 6:30 pm Reception 7:00 pm Presetation

Location: Hong Kong Academy Performing Arts Theatre 

                33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, N.T. Hong Kong


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Hong Kong’s Country Parks:  the Glories and Threats" by Dr Martin Williams

In the talk, Dr Williams explains how Hong Kong is a startling example of a place combining metropolis with wilder areas.  One oft quoted statistic is that over 40 percent of land is designated as Country Park, more than any other country or territory.  There are hills, forests, extensive coastlines, islands, and a wealth of biodiversity including around 500 bird species, well over 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, which is similar to Florida, and 300 native trees, almost ten times Britain's total.


Dr Martin Williams hails from Yorkshire, England.  While reading for a PhD in physical chemistry at Cambridge University, he led two pioneering surveys of bird migration at Beidaihe, east China. These led to Dr Williams moving to Hong Kong in 1987.  Dr Williams is a freelance expert in fields including writing, photography and film making, aiming to boost conservation through the media.  He has written and photographed features for Action Asia, Discovery, National Wildlife, Reader’s Digest and the South China Morning Post, and worked on books such as Hong Kong Pathfinder: 24 day-walks in Hong Kong, The Green Dragon: Hong Kong’s living environment, Central Ridge and West, and his recently published Enchanting Hong Kong



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