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Fung Yuen Development Site(大埔鳳園豪宅地盤), Tai Po, NT
Hong Kong

The Hong Kong butterfly haven, Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve and nearby Sites of Special Science Interest, is under threat by high rise building planned at less than 50 meters from the Reserve. The close proximity of the construction site and future human activities will threaten the 200 species of butterflies and other natural habitats. 

香港蝴蝶天堂鳳園正被一幢幢興建中的石屎森林堵住,棲息在蝴蝶保育區的逾200種蝴蝶將無法安寧,香港又即將消失一片有特色的生態土地。

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Uploaded: 15/12/2012
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