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

5.3 Site Accounts (continued)

5.3.12 Ganghwa Do

Site information

Location: Kyonggi Province, South Korea; 37º 35' N, 126º 25' E.

Area: 7 500 ha

Wetland type: Intertidal flats, fish ponds and rice fields.

Protected Area status: None at present; plan to designate protected tidal flat in southern part of island (Je 2002).

Threats: Current situation is unclear. At least partial reclamation is planned, perhaps complete. Pollution and tourism (Moores 1999b).

Count information

Counts have been conducted since 1993. Up to 1996, counts were carried out once or twice during both NM and SM; since 1997, count frequency has increased to twice during NM and three times during SM (Yi & Kim in prep.). Additional counts were made during NM and SM in 1998 and in the 1998-1999 NB season (Moores 1999a).

Internationally important species counts for Ganghwa Do
Northward migration
Count
Ref
Dunlin 17 000 1
Eastern Curlew 2 120 1
Lesser Sand Plover 1 214 1
Terek Sandpiper 640 1
Eurasian Curlew 363 1
     
Southward migration
 
 
Kentish Plover 3 500 1
Black-tailed Godwit 2 915 1
Terek Sandpiper 2 300 1
Lesser Sand Plover 1 700 1
Eastern Curlew 1 535 1
Common Greenshank 1 000 1
Spotted Greenshank 40 1

Significance of site

Highest counts: NM 28 715; SM 15 317; NB 1 183.

Supports:

  • 9 species in internationally important numbers (NM 5; SM 7);
  • >5% of the estimated flyway population of Eastern Curlew during NM;
  • internationally important numbers of the endangered Spotted Greenshank during SM; also occurs during NM (maximum count: 3);
  • the highest recorded internationally important number of Terek Sandpiper in the Yellow Sea during SM.

Species count reference

  1. Yi & Kim in prep.

5.3.13 Yeong Jong Do

Site information

Location: Inchon Province, South Korea; 37º 31' N, 126º 32' E.

Area: 7 500 ha.

Wetland type: Intertidal flats, salt marsh and saltpans.

Protected Area status: None.

Threats: >5 000 ha already reclaimed for construction of new Seoul International Airport. Pollution and tourism. Complete reclamation plan (Moores 1999b).

Count information

Counts have been conducted since 1993. Up to 1996, counts were carried out once or twice during both NM and SM; since 1997, count frequency has increased to twice during NM and three times during SM (Yi & Kim in prep.). Additional counts were made during NM and SM in 1998 and in the 1998-1999 NB season (Moores 1999a).

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Internationally important species counts for Yeong Jong Do
Northward migration
Count
Ref
Dunlin 13 208 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 3 500 1
Grey Plover 2 280 1
Eastern Curlew 1 140 1
Lesser Sand Plover 930 1
Whimbrel 825 1
Terek Sandpiper 685 2
     
Southward migration
 
 
Dunlin 12 110 1
Great Knot 6 000 1
Kentish Plover 3 048 1
Grey Plover 2 200 1
Lesser Sand Plover 2 060 1
Eastern Curlew 1 620 1
Terek Sandpiper 1 358 2
Eurasian Curlew 852 1

Significance of site

Highest counts: NM 22 886; SM 21 038; NB 240.

Supports:

  • 10 species in internationally important numbers (NM 7; SM 8); the endangered Spotted Greenshank during both NM and SM (maximum counts: NM: 2; SM: 9);
  • the vulnerable Spoon-billed Sandpiper during NM (maximum count: 1).

Species count references

  1. Yi & Kim in prep.
  2. Moores 1999a.

5.3.14 Daebu Do

Site information

Location: Kyonggi Province, South Korea; 37º 15' N, 126º 29' E.

Area: 3 000 ha.

Wetland type: Intertidal flats.

Protected Area status: None.

Threats: None known.

Count information

Counts were conducted in June and September 1993, August and September 1998, and August and September 1999 (Yi & Kim in prep.; Moores 1999a).

Internationally important species counts for Daebu Do
Southward migration
Count
Ref
Common Greenshank 1 209 1

Significance of site

Highest count: SM 3 668.

Supports:

  • 1 species in internationally important numbers during SM.

Species count reference

  1. Yi & Kim in prep.