In line with the celebration of the 2020 World Migratory Bird Day on 9th May, Daebudo Tidal Flat in Republic of Korea was announced as a new Flyway Network Site (EAAF 148).
Daebudo Tidal Flat is located in Gyeonggi Province, in the west coast of Republic of Korea. It is comprised of two parts: Sangdong Tidal Flat and Goretburi Tidal Flat, with a total area of 453 ha. This site was designated as a Tidal Wetland Protected Area in 2017 under the Wetland Conservation Act of RO Korea, and was designated as a Ramsar Site in 2018.
Daebudo Tidal Flat is rich in macro-benthic fauna diversity, which makes this Flyway Network site a key stop-over site for migratory waterbirds, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 individuals according to survey by National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR). Key species of the site include globally threatened species such as Black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor) (EN), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) (EN), Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) (EN), Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) (VU), Saunders’s Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi) (VU), as well as Near Threatened Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), and Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus).
The site has been the fishing ground for the artisanal fishers, Ansan City government is issuing permits for utilization of the tidal wetland that ancestral right holders and licensed artisanal fishers are allowed. There is also needs to manage the occurrence of the invasive alien plant Spartina to ensure that the open tidalfats remain favourable feeding habitat for migratory waterbirds.
For more information, please visit: https://www.eaaflyway.net/rok/