Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea

Importance, threats and conservation status
Mark Barter
Wetlands International, 2002
ISBN 90 5882 009 2

5. Internationally important shorebird sites in the Yellow Sea

5.1 Organisation of site accounts

Accounts have been prepared for all sites in the coastal regions of the Yellow Sea for which there is count information showing the occurrence of at least one species in internationally important numbers.

Each account contains:

  1. Sections on:
  • Site Information:
    • Location - Province, Country and coordinates.
    • Area - in hectares.
    • Wetland type - brief description of habitats within the site.
    • Protected Area status - whether a nature reserve; participants in the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site Network are also noted.
    • Threats - brief description of threats. N.B. Information on threats has been obtained from a variety of sources and is not standardised.
  • Count information - information on scope and timing of counts, and count data sources.
  • Significance of site:
    • Highest counts - during northward and southward migrations, and the non-breeding season.
    • Summary information on:
      • numbers of internationally important species recorded at the site during the northward and southward migrations, and the non-breeding season.
      • species recorded in very high concentrations, i.e. >5%, or more, of the estimated flyway population.
      • occurrence of globally threatened species.
      • important breeding concentrations.
      • species for which the site has the highest recorded numbers in the Yellow Sea during either northward or southward migration.
  1. Tables listing the maximum counts of international importance for individual species during the migration periods and in the non-breeding season. A list of references for the individual species counts is given at the end of each account.

Moores (1999b) and Yoo & Lee (1998) have been used widely as an information source for site information in South Korea. For China, similar information has been obtained from nature reserve publications, Scott (1989), maps and personal observations.