On 6 September 2019, representatives from Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) has completed the purchase of the land at Pak Thale, Phetchaburi. The purchased land will be managed as a nature reserve for wintering Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other migratory shorebirds in the long-term. It will also serve as a place for shorebirds and coastal ecosystem research and ecotourism. This purchase would not be possible without the support from the Rainforest Trust, Suthirat Yoovidhya Foundation, Reutrakul family, Kanjanavanit family and everyone who has donated for this cause. Once again, BCST would really like to express our sincere gratitude for supporting us to secure winter home for these globally threatened species.
Detail of the support is as follows; 6,206,523.55 THB from the Rainforest Trust and 3,171,938.51 THB from other donors; total 9,378,462.06 THB. Detail of the payment is as follows; 6,800,000.00 THB for land purchase (reduced from the original price 10,495.000.00 THB) and 1,364,925.00 THB for transfer fee; total 8,164,925.00 THB.
BCST is still accepting donations and support from anyone who would like to help conserve the globally threatened shorebirds. Further support will be used to manage the land including landscaping and water management to create suitable habitat, construction of hides and other facilities and surveying of birds and biodiversity in the area. Moreover, it will be used for the prevention of coastal erosion which is a serious threat to the whole Pak Thale landscape and has already eroded approximately 3.5 ha (out of 8 ha) of this property. Donations can be made through the channels here .
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