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)

5.3.15 Namyang Man

Site information

Location: Kyonggi Province, South Korea; 37º10' N, 126º 45' E.

Area: 10 000 ha.

Wetland type: Intertidal flats, salt marsh and ponds.

Protected Area status: None.

Threats: Sea wall 80% completed by early 2002 (N. Moores in litt.).

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 Namyang Man
Northward migration
Count
Ref
Great Knot 21 000 1
Dunlin 15 200 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 5 800 1
Grey Plover 2 265 1
Black-tailed Godwit 2 020 1
Eurasian Curlew 1 880 1
Lesser Sand Plover 1 410 1
Terek Sandpiper 997 2
Whimbrel 740 1
Spotted Greenshank 57 1
     
Southward migration
 
 
Kentish Plover 4 600 1
Eurasian Curlew 2 451 1
Lesser Sand Plover 1 610 1
Grey Plover 1 533 1
Terek Sandpiper 1 420 1
Eurasian Oystercatcher 220 1
Spotted Greenshank 28 1
     
Non-breeding season
 
 
Eurasian Curlew 1 148 2

Significance of site

Highest counts: NM 53 359; SM 26 470; NB 2 303.

Supports:

  • 12 species in internationally important numbers (NM 10; SM 7; NB 1);
  • >5% of the estimated flyway population of Eurasian Curlew during both NM and SM;
  • >5% of the estimated flyway population of Great Knot during NM;
  • internationally important numbers of the endangered Spotted Greenshank during both NM (>5% of the estimated flyway population) and SM;
  • the vulnerable Spoon-billed Sandpiper during SM (maximum count: 1);
  • the highest recorded internationally important number of Spotted Greenshank in the Yellow Sea during NM.

Species count references

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

5.3.16 Hongwon Ri

Site information

Location: Kyonggi Province, South Korea; 37º 05' N, 126º 45' E.

Area: 1 000 ha.

Wetland type: Rice fields.

Protected Area status: None.

Threats: None known (Moores 1999b).

Count information

A count was conducted in May 1998. According to the local farmers, the rice paddies support several thousand Black-tailed Godwit during NM (Moores 1999a).

Internationally important species counts for Hongwon Ri
Northward migration
Count
Ref
Black-tailed Godwit 1 701 1

Significance of site

Supports:

  • 1 species in internationally important numbers during NM.

Species count reference

  1. Moores 1999a.

5.3.17 Asan Man

Site information

Location: Chunchongnam Province, South Korea; 37º 02' N, 126º 40' E.

Area: 5 000 ha.

Wetland type: Intertidal flats.

Protected Area status: None.

Threats: 35 000 ha of original 40 000 ha already reclaimed. Mining for construction materials, pollution, tourism and changing agricultural methods (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 Asan Man
Northward migration
Count
Ref
Great Knot 34 000 1
Black-tailed Godwit 18 282 1
Dunlin 14 000 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 3 500 1
Grey Plover 2 400 1
Kentish Plover 2 100 1
Whimbrel 1 310 1
Eastern Curlew 1 170 1
Terek Sandpiper 1 072 2
Spotted Greenshank 12 1
     
Southward migration
 
 
Black-tailed Godwit 2 650 1
Common Greenshank 1 450 1
Terek Sandpiper 1 420 1
Grey Plover 1 378 1

Significance of site

Highest counts: NM 70 507; SM 10 362; NB 635.

Supports:

  • 11 species in internationally important numbers (NM 10; SM 4);
  • >10% of the estimated flyway population of Black-tailed Godwit on NM;
  • >5% of the estimated flyway population of Great Knot on NM
  • internationally important numbers of the endangered Spotted Greenshank on NM; also occurs during SM (maximum count: 2);
  • the vulnerable Spoon-billed Sandpiper during SM (maximum count: 1);
  • the highest recorded internationally important number of Black-tailed Godwit in the Yellow Sea during NM.

Species count references

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