The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Course is the only public golf course in Hong Kong. This golf course was proposed on an island highly degraded by fires and utilization as firing range. Ecosystems Limited participated in the EIA study for this challenging project. It was anticipated during the design stage that the construction of the golf course could act as fire break and hence would allow habitats on the island to recover.
Long-term ecological monitoring was conducted by Ecosystems Limited during the operation phase showed that biodiversity on the island increased greatly. The recorded fauna included many species of conservation importance (e.g., Two-striped Grass Frog, Black-shouldered Kite) or with restricted distribution in Hong Kong (e.g., Dancing Dropwing). In addition, a number of biodiversity measures (e.g., bat boxes, bird boxes) were also recommended and implemented to enhance the utilization of habitats by wildlife. With support from Ecosystems Limited, the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Course is the first golf course in China awarded “Certified Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary for Wildlife”.
During the EIA study of “Proposed Extension of Public Golf Course at Kau Sai Chau Island, Sai Kung”, an endemic shrimp species Caridina trifasciata was found in three streams on the island. This shrimp species was new to science and was only recorded in a few locations in Hong Kong. Buffer zones were established to protect the stream habitats of this shrimps within construction sites. This measure was shown to be successful by the ecological monitoring implemented during both construction and operation phases. This shrimp was still found in these streams during operation, with abundance increased.