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Paju Sannam marsh as well as Imjin River from Paju to Yeoncheon, December 10 

Paju Sannam marsh as well as Imjin River from Paju to Yeoncheon, December 10 


An instead spontaneous choice to do some birding brought me instead late (around 11.30 a.m.) to Sannam marsh. I assumed it may be instead vacant throughout daytime as well as a weekend break, however there was a great deal of disruption from pedestrians as well as bicyclists close by (plus the relentless cars and trucks barking by the marsh). There were still 4 Eurasian Spoonbills, which certainly determined to remain there the entire day, however likewise even more than 800 Expanse Bean Geese as well as Greater White-Fronted Geese in the marsh plus in one area at the back side of the structures around the location. They appear to have actually crowded out ducks, due to the fact that just one set of Mallards as well as Eastern Spotbilled Ducks was seen, as well as nothing else ducks. Goose-wise a positive shock: a set of Swan Geese amongst all the Expanse Bean Geese. A great option of raptors: Eastern Buzzard, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, a gorgeous male Chicken Harrier as well as– along the Han river– a White-tailed Eagle as well as 3 Cinereous Vultures.

2 Swan Geese Anser cygnoides 개리 © Bernhard Seliger
North Goshawk Accipiter gentilis © Bernhard Seliger

At Imjingang, even more eagles as well as marauders, along with (the anticipated) White-naped as well as Red-crowned Cranes, as well as even more geese. Below like nearly anywhere in the nation, the preservation of biodiversity comes to be a much more as well as extra immediate concern: environment is vanishing by the day, with almost everywhere building and construction (consisting of at some of the widely known roosting as well as feeding locations of cranes), as well as also extra hothouses as well as ginseng areas, efficiently shutting off the room to birds. This may be the factor that presently there appear to be less White-naped Cranes along Imjin River than typical. Hothouses have actually elbowed in year by year on the rice paddies required by cranes to feed.

White-naped Cranes 재두루미 Antigone vipio along the Imjin river– disruption, for instance by anglers, as well as by common building and construction, made these cranes fly off quickly once more © Bernhard Seliger
Red-crowned Cranes 두루미 Grus japonensis— like in this location, in numerous locations hothouses as well as various other farming structures quickly eliminate vitally-needed environment for these attractive as well as unusual birds © Bernhard Seliger

Basically, there are 3 methods the ROK can counter this:

  • The federal government can purchase land as well as produce shelters on this land. This ought to not just consist of marshes as roosting locations, however likewise rice paddies, which after that can be farmed in a manner helpful for birds.
  • The federal government can compel (by legislation) farmers to farm these locations in a certain means, possibly incorporated with an aid for doing so, making farmers by legislation wardens of the atmosphere.
  • The federal government can wrap up specific agreements with farmers stating a particular means to farm their land (no hothouses, no small country markets, no ginseng, no structures, for instance), once more incorporated with an aid to do so. This way, 10s of hundreds of farmers in Germany, particularly in locations beside safeguarded nature gets, are farming.
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Probably, the ROK needs to attempt a mix of the 3 strategies, each were it is most ideal. If the ROK does not act swiftly, it will certainly not require to do it at all– due to the fact that by after that biodiversity will certainly be gone. This would certainly not just break the ROK ´ s global dedications, e.g. as notary to the Convention on Biological Variety, however would certainly likewise suggest an enormous loss of all-natural as well as social heritage. Ideally, it is not far too late to function tougher to save it.

You can see the total listing of birds seen right here:

Birds in Sannam marsh: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5947208

Birds seen along Imjingang: https://ebird.org/checklist/S123778748

Hothouses as well as ginseng areas efficiently close areas for birds. In delicate locations along the Imjin river, where cranes require rice paddies to feed, they add to the loss of biodiversity. © Bernhard Seliger
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