Green Power, a Hong Kong environmental group, is urging the government to keep Tai Lam Country Park untouched by housing development.
Matthew Sin Kar-wah, the group’s senior environmental affairs manager, said its latest research showed the Kam Tin part of the park houses a large number of butterfly species, some of which are very rare, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
As such, the government should give up the idea of developing housing projects in the vicinity of the park, Sin said.
According to the study conducted between June and October, 127 kinds of butterflies inhabit the area, accounting for half of the total in Hong Kong. The study, which will last 11 years, is sponsored by oil giant Shell.
Twenty-three types of butterflies are considered precious species, including nine very rare ones and 14 rare ones. Another four are not yet classified.
The group said the periphery of Tai Lam Country Park is home to the most number of rare butterfly species.
Sin said the butterfly population in the area also reflects the diversity of plant life.
With such high ecological value, the park should be spared from development, the group said.
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