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)

5.3.26 Suncheon Man

Site information

Location: Chollanam Province, South Korea; 34º 50' N, 127º 30' E.

Area: 5 000 ha.

Wetland type: Intertidal flats, salt marsh, reed beds and rice fields

Protected Area status: None.

Threats: River straightening (Moores 1999b).

Count information

Counts were conducted twice during NM and three times during SM in 1997-1999 (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 Suncheon Man
Northward migration Count Ref
Terek Sandpiper 1 046 1
Grey-tailed Tattler 429 1
     
Southward migration    
Kentish Plover 1 230 2
Terek Sandpiper 729 1
Spotted Greenshank 22 1

Significance of site

Highest counts: NM 14 170; SM 3 443; NB 3 770.

Supports:

  • 4 species in internationally important numbers (NM 2; SM 3);
  • internationally important numbers of the endangered Spotted Greenshank during SM; also occurs during NM (maximum count: 2);
  • the vulnerable Spoon-billed Sandpiper during SM (maximum count: 2);
  • the highest recorded internationally important number of Grey-tailed Tattler in the Yellow Sea during NM.

Species count references

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

5.3.27 Nakdong Gang Hagu

Site information

Location: Pusan, South Korea; 35º 05' N, 128º 50' E.

Area: 1 500 ha.

Wetland type: Intertidal flats and sand islands.

Protected Area status: All within Natural Monument Area (1966); mostly within Natural Ecosystem Conservation Area (1989).

Threats: Despite reserve designations, there has been significant ongoing reclamation (1 600 ha) and plans to reclaim a further 500 ha and to develop Ulsuk Island. Pollution (Moores 1999b).

Count information

Counts were conducted in April, May, August and September 1998 (Moores 1999a).

Internationally important species counts for Nakdong Gang Hagu
Northward migration
Count
Ref
Red-necked Stint 4 508 1
     
Southward migration
 
 
Sanderling 533 1
Eurasian Curlew 479 1
Grey-tailed Tattler 463 1

Significance of site

Highest counts: NM 14 198; SM 2 857.

Supports:

  • 4 species in internationally important numbers (NM 1; SM 3);
  • the endangered Spotted Greenshank during NM (maximum count: 1);
  • the highest recorded internationally important numbers of Grey-tailed Tattler and Sanderling in the Yellow Sea during SM.

Species count reference

  1. Yi & Kim in prep.