Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
The eastern part of mangrove stand in Futian Nature Reserve is located at the mouth of the Shenzhen River, adjacent to Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong. The southern part of the nature reserve has an inter-tidal mudflat, but much of the area has been reclaimed for urban and industrial development. Every year a large number of migratory and wintering waterbirds utilize this wetland. Futian can be regarded as an important buffer area for Mai Po Nature Reserve, with birds using both Mai Po and the Futian IBA. Industrialization, urbanization and varies kind of pollution are threatening the natural environment in the IBA.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Established as a nature reserve in 1984 and upgraded to Inner Deep Bay and Futian National Nature Reserve (815 ha) in 1988. The mangrove stands at Futian and the Inner Linding Island (located on the east of Lingding Sea of Pearl River Estuary) together formed the ‘Nei Lingding-Futian National Nature Reserve’.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Futian. Downloaded from on 26/06/2022.