Date
17 October 2017
The affected area in  Wan Tau Kok Lane is a breeding ground for egrets and the tree pruning came during the birds' breeding season. 
Photos: HKBWS,  Facebook/Tai Po, Michelle Law
The affected area in Wan Tau Kok Lane is a breeding ground for egrets and the tree pruning came during the birds' breeding season. Photos: HKBWS, Facebook/Tai Po, Michelle Law

LCSD accused of killing baby egrets during tree pruning

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is under fire after its recent tree pruning in Tai Po ended with egret nests being destroyed and young birds killed.

The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS) and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) have sent staff to investigate after receiving complaints from the public, am730 reports.

The LCSD had deployed its tree management team to undertake crown pruning after receiving reports that bird droppings had polluted the trees.

At least two dead young egrets were found on the ground and there could be more dead birds under leaves, HKBWS said. Ten others were saved and taken to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden for treatment. [Go to video]

The society condemned the LCSD for recklessness, especially during the egrets’ breeding season.

According to Apple Daily, the affected area is in Wan Tau Kok Lane, which is a breeding ground for egrets.

An official of the online HKWildlife.Net Forum said he went to the site after hearing the news and found severel distressed baby egrets.

The LCSD said it immediately suspended the tree trimming after being notified by the AFCD and apologized for the incident.

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