Futian mangrove, a significant wetland

Writer: Wang Jingli  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2023-02-08

Shenzhen's Futian mangrove was among the 18 wetlands in China that were designated in 2022 as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration announced Feb. 2 on the occasion of the 27th World Wetlands Day, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

This year’s World Wetlands Day’s theme is “It’s Time for Wetlands Restoration.” Futian mangrove wetland stretches from the mouth of Xinzhou River in south Futian to Shenzhen Bay Park in the west, running about 6 kilometers along the coastline. It has also become an important stopover site in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway for nearly 100,000 migratory birds every winter. The mangrove wetland area includes Futian Mangrove Nature Reserve and Futian Mangrove Ecological Park.

Birds at Futian mangrove wetland.

A large number of birds are seen at Shenzhen’s Futian mangrove wetland Feb. 2. Photos by Sun Yuchen

A red-whiskered bulbul.

Visitors observe birds at Futian mangrove Feb. 2.

A volunteer guides a visitor to observe birds at Futian mangrove Feb. 2.

A glance at Futian mangrove in the sunset.

A bird-watching platform at Futian mangrove.

A bird’s-eye view of Futian mangrove.