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Old Monday 25th June 2018, 15:10   #1226
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There are also a few new places to go, since traffic has been advancing during the last years:
One of them is Heizhu Gou (黑竹沟). This is a reserve ca. 100km south of Emei Shan. It belongs to Leshan and is now reachable by car in about 4h from Chengdu (actually, a new expressway is under construction). Accommodation in small chalets (see picture attached) was quite pleasant and birding last winter was surprisingly rewarding: Temminck’s Tragopan, Red-winged Laughingthrush, Dusky Thrush, Grey-winged Blackbird, many Blyth’s and Green Shrike-babblers, Sichuan Treecreeper, Wallcreeper, but unfortunately no Sichuan Hill Partridge. I hoped to find an alternative site for latter.
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Old Monday 25th June 2018, 15:27   #1227
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Another site is Hailuogou – the famous glacier park at the foot of Minya Konka. With the new expressway in place, a journey to Moxi/Hailuogou only takes 4h. Sichuan Treecreeper, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Alpine Thrush, Chestnut-crowned Bush-warbler, Spot-winged Grosbeak and Blue-fronted Robin are almost certain rewards. Interestingly, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker seems to be a resident in this park; I’ve seen it during various seasons.
The big disadvantage here is that you can’t really overnight in the park (unless you are willing to pay 800-1200Yuan for the hotel below the cable car station). Moxi Town at the park entrance instead offers plenty of accommodation, but you have to wait until 8am to take the bus into the park (during peak season sometimes 30minutes earlier ).
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Old Monday 25th June 2018, 15:56   #1228
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Another update that might be of interest:
Huge parts of Western Sichuan and adjacent parts of Gansu and Shaanxi Province will be linked and combined into a mega Panda National Park. This park will contain most of the nature reserves between the Sichuan Basin and the Tibetan Plateau, at least all those which correspond with ‘Panda requirements’. This park will be administered by Beijing directly, with new rules being introduced regarding accessibility, conservation issues, human activities, development, etc. At this moment it’s difficult to say how heavily it will affect bird watching activities in the future.
Certainly, some nature reserves or core areas will be completely locked off, others might ‘just’ lose their accommodation facilities – all for the sake of the animals obviously; however any detailed information on which reserves will be affected in which way is not publicly available yet.
Bird watching very likely might have to focus on those reserves which have been previously opened and developed for tourism (such as Labahe, Tangjiahe, etc), and even these sites might require special permits in the future…

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Old Friday 20th July 2018, 14:32   #1229
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In some ways it’s good to see that the government have realised that all the pandas from the breeding programme need habitat they can be moved into, the new reserve area should help. This comes at a price though with a report of 170,000 people being removed from farms etc in the reserve.If this is true then I think your concerns over entry for birdwatching in the new super reserve are justified. At least, I would expect, it will be a strictly controlled entry.
Thanks for refreshing the page, as always it’s interesting news.
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 22:56   #1230
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Yes, it is very interesting news. Sounds very positive from a conservation perspective. From a selfish perspective it would be sad to lose access from currently accessible areas (assuming this will be a consequence), but if the outcome will be huge areas of well protected habitat then on the face of it this would be great.
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