Media coverage

Media coverage

Biodiversity TV Programme Series

RTHK TV 31

2021 - 2022

Dr. Xoni Ma, our Founder & Education Director, was invited by RTHK 31 to host a programme exploring Hong Kong biodiversity with local experts. The show airs at 8pm every Saturdays starting from Dec 2021.

Database Outlines Spiders Discovered for First Time in City

South China Morning Post

2022-05-22

Started in 2020, the “Spider Survey Ecological Education Programme” has found two spider species belonging to the Anyphaenidae and Trachelidae families, which had not been scientifically logged as living in Hong Kong. The survey might have also obtained the first local record of the spider of the Qianlingula genus.

PMQ Seed 2021 “GREEN & ME”

PMQ Seed 2021 “GREEN & ME”

PMQ Seed

2022-04-30

We are honoured to be invited by PMQ Seed to collaborate with other parties and hold sessions for the “GREEN & ME Train the Trainer Workshop” series. The workshop offers training in equipping knowledge and techniques in environmental education, as well as boosting the empathy towards our environment. Tap on the video to learn more.

Unbeatable Flower Blossoming, Worth Staying in Hong Kong to Enjoy

Unbeatable Flower Blossoming, Worth Staying in Hong Kong to Enjoy

Oriental Daily News

2022-04-24

Not being able to travel abroad to immerse yourself in the cherry blossom due to travel restrictions? No worries! Our Founder and Conservation Director, Mr. Bond Shum, is here to walk you through different flower viewing hotspots in Hong Kong. He also introduced some of the most attractive local flowering plants that you should never miss!

A Sharing from an Environmental Educator  - Ms Maggie Mang

A Sharing from an Environmental Educator - Ms Maggie Mang

NESSessary

2022-03-28

Are you interested in being an environmental educator? Our Senior Education Officer, Ms. Maggie Mang, is honoured to be invited to share her journey working in OWLHK with members of Network of Environmental Student Societies (NESS). In this session, she would inspire you with the ways to arouse public awareness of the environment, and the difficulties she has faced in the meantime.

Insect Hotels Provide Solitary Bees Alternative Breeding Grounds

Insect Hotels Provide Solitary Bees Alternative Breeding Grounds

Ming Pao

2022-03-05

Probably many of you have the experience of “staycation” during the pandemic, but do you know there are hotels for insects as well? Due to urban development, solitary bees face the challenge of having fewer habitats. Insect hotels provide areas for them to breed. By organizing various activities, including the ongoing Insect Hotel Design Competition for Secondary Schools, we hope to promote the concept of insect hotel to help the solitary bees.

Building Hives and Storing food, Lone-wolf Bees Create a Cozy Nest for Their Youngs

Building Hives and Storing food, Lone-wolf Bees Create a Cozy Nest for Their Youngs

Ming Pao

2022-03-05

I believe many of you know that bumblebees are social animals, but do you know there are “lone wolves” in bees too? Our Founder and Conservation Director, Mr. Bond Shum, will introduce two solitary bees you can find in Hong Kong, and how they can take on the responsibility in solitary life.

地球事圓的

地球事圓的

RTHK 31

2022-01-30

How do exotic species affect ecosystems? Do you know they may threaten agriculture, fishery, or even cause species extinction? Our Education and Research Manager, Dr. Ken So, will discuss where the invasive species come from, the consequences and the resolutions.

Be a Plant Detective! Observe Plants in Details

Be a Plant Detective! Observe Plants in Details

Ming Pao

2022-01-04

Any special in plants in Hong Kong? Plants in Hong Kong are so diverse that more people are interested in them nowadays, and become eager to identify different species. Plants, however, vary a lot which confuses beginners. Do not worry! Our Founder and Conservation Director Mr. Bond Shum will share his tips on learning plant identification!

New Batch of Lantau Conservation Fund (LCF) starts on Dec 28

New Batch of Lantau Conservation Fund (LCF) starts on Dec 28

Oriental Daily News

2021-12-13

The LCF has approved a total of 18 education, research and conservation projects involving a total grand of around $5.5 million in the first round of application (2020-2021). Our programme “Lantau Countryside Ecological and Cultural Education Programme” was one of them! We will explore Lantau and visit various ecological hotspots through innovative environmental education activities. Local residents in Lantau will co-create together to share their stories!

Guests Interview Series: Outdoor Environmental Education

Guests Interview Series: Outdoor Environmental Education

Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals (COTAP)

2021-12-02

Hong Kong Ecologist 2 – Mr. Bond Shum

RTHK 31

2021-11-27

Our founder and conservation director Mr. Bond Shum shares how bird-watching inspired him and started caring more about the nature! Let us follow him to the forest with our interns, learn more about ecology and the magic in it!

Green Fighting: The Guardian of Earth

Green Fighting: The Guardian of Earth

RTHK 5

2021-11-04

Do spiders bite? Are they toxic? Are they scary?

Our Education Officer, Ms. Silvy Chan will tell us the behaviours, habitats and trivia of spiders. Let us clear the misunderstandings about them, and bring down the fears towards spiders. Silvy even raises a challenge for us: to find 2 different species of spiders in the countryside, on railing, and in the forest!

Urban Forestry - Greening and Blue-green Infrastructures Lay the Foundation for Sustainable Development

Urban Forestry - Greening and Blue-green Infrastructures Lay the Foundation for Sustainable Development

HK01

2021-09-15

Urban forestry contributes to the sustainable development of a city. Recent change in Kai Tak is one example. Mr. Kayson Lo, our Senior Project and Conservation Officer shared his thoughts on the Kai Tak River improvement works, and the ecological transformation before and after the project. He also mentioned the benefits that blue-green infrastructures could bring to a community.

Regardless of class, the little ants build a community of destiny

Regardless of class, the little ants build a community of destiny

Ming Pao

2021-08-21

Even though ants are tiny in size, they can lift 400 times their own weight! There are thousands of ants on the planet, and they all work together perfectly. Follow Roy, the Association's Senior Education and Research Officer, as he explores their ethnic groupings through the lens.

Environmental Protection: Free Ocean Action Plan

Environmental Protection: Free Ocean Action Plan

RTHK AM621

2021-08-03

How much do you know about our marine environment? Our Senior Project and Conservation Officer, Mr. Kayson Lo, tested your knowledge about the marine ecosystem. He also shared the impact of urban development and extreme weathers on marine organisms, information regarding ocean conservation, as well as some of his remarkable experiences exploring marine ecology.

Hong Kong Book Fair 2021

Hong Kong Book Fair 2021

U Magazine - Vol. 815

2021-07-09

Environmental education has never been easy. Dr. Ma and his team expanded to a group of more than a dozen people from only three people with zero funding. What kind of beliefs do they hold for their persistence? At the same time, let's find out what books Dr. Ma has read that gave him extraordinary values.

About Climate Change: An Environmental Education Class with Dr Xoni Ma

About Climate Change: An Environmental Education Class with Dr Xoni Ma

Greenpeace

2021-06-11

Our Founder and Education Director, Dr. Xoni Ma always conveys an essential principle to the participants when he carries out environmental education activities, “Everything is connected”. Dr. Ma shared his experiences and ideas on environmental education, and how to apply them on combating climate change.

Dr. Xoni Ma - Protect Our Biodiversity with Love and Environmental Education

Dr. Xoni Ma - Protect Our Biodiversity with Love and Environmental Education

Greenpeace

2021-05-17

Follow the native environmental educator – Dr. Xoni Ma, to be touched by our mother nature. Hong Kong is a tiny place yet rich in biodiversity. Dr. Ma would like to reconnect the public through environmental education in the coming days.

New Species of Moths Appearing in Tung Chung

New Species of Moths Appearing in Tung Chung

Headline Daily Local News

2021-04-12

In "ECF Discovering South Lantau Invertebrates", there were new local discoveries such as Anthidiellum carinatum in Mui Wo and Pycnoscelus nigra in Tung Chung. Moreover, a gray-white moth first appeared in Tung Chung, showing that it is a new species. Environmental groups suggest that future development should be carefully planned to achieve ecological balance.

Rare Moth on Lantau Island or First Case in The World Environmental Groups Worry About The Damage Brought by Reclamation

Rare Moth on Lantau Island or First Case in The World Environmental Groups Worry About The Damage Brought by Reclamation

Apple Daily Local News

2021-04-12

In 2020, a rare moth appeared in Lantau Island which is the world's first case. It indicates that Hong Kong has a high level of biodiversity. However, many environmental groups worry that reclamation projects will cause irreversible ecological damages, change the habitat of species, or even kill the local rare insect species. They urge the development of brownfields instead.

Investigation: Suspected New Species of Moths

Investigation: Suspected New Species of Moths

Oriental Daily - Local News

2021-04-12

The general ecological survey records are dominated by butterflies and dragonflies. However, many grasshoppers and flies were found in Lantau Island in 2020, which is up to 20% to 30% of the numbers found in the past ten years. It is hoped that the survey encourages the public to pay more attention to the high-value biodiversity and ecology of the surrounding environment.

Insect Survey on Lantau Island, 3 species First Discovered in Hong Kong

Insect Survey on Lantau Island, 3 species First Discovered in Hong Kong

Sky Post News

2021-04-12

The records of insects and invertebrates collected in "ECF Discovering South Lantau Invertebrates" in 2020 exceeded expectations. They were even similar to the records collected by iNaturalist which is a network built for collecting observations of biodiversity so far. More than 100 species were recorded for the first time in iNaturalist Hong Kong’s record. In response to this discovery, Bond Shum, the founder and Director of OWLHK, suggested that the government should strengthen rural protection work.

More Than 10,000 Insect Records on Lantau Island The World's First New Species of Moth

More Than 10,000 Insect Records on Lantau Island The World's First New Species of Moth

am730 - Local News

2021-04-12

In last year's "ECF Discovering South Lantau Invertebrates" public participation survey, the public team has identified the first new species of moth in the world. In addition, Anthidiellum carinatum and Pycnoscelus nigra were discovered for the first time in Hong Kong. The number of species recorded in this survey is great which implies Hong Kong’s biodiversity should be properly conserved.

Hibernation for Survival!

Hibernation for Survival!

Ming Pao Feature

2021-01-19

Hibernation, as a common strategy for many creatures to survive, mostly occurs in winter. Not all the cold-blooded animals in Hong Kong are strict “sleepers” during this period, let’s see how they survive winters!

Now streaming: An app guide to the unique wildlife in Hong Kong waterways

Now streaming: An app guide to the unique wildlife in Hong Kong waterways

Hong Kong Free Press

2020-11-30

Hong Kong’s First Freshwater Wildlife Mobile Guide is out now! OWLHK, as sponsor and supporting organization, would provide a dynamic educational resource of freshwater habitat and organisms in Hong Kong the for the public.

《區區小節》

《區區小節》

830 Magazine on RTHK (12:49 - 18:35)

2020-11-26

Through ECF Discovering South Lantau Invertebrates – Search in Lantau, OWLHK encourages the public to actively explore freshwater habitat and local ecology. Mr. Liu and students from HKFEW Wong Cho Bau Secondary School joined the contest and was carrying out their insect & invertebrates survey in Tung Chung. We hope to arouse public awareness and encourage community participation in exploring nature.

【Ecocatastrophe in Tai Po Kau】Near-threatened Newt Scooped and Sold in Goldfish Street

【Ecocatastrophe in Tai Po Kau】Near-threatened Newt Scooped and Sold in Goldfish Street

Citizen News

2020-11-26

Many people would go for a walk in the countryside during the pandemic. This time, our Founder and Conservation Director Mr. Bond Shum took us to Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve to appreciate the local biodiversity. He also introduced the possible ecological and environmental impact brought by visitors and shared some ways to carry out environmental education as well.

Conserve Lantau Through Our Lens

Conserve Lantau Through Our Lens

830 Magazine on RTHK (07:10 - 14:03)

2020-10-09

Through ECF Exploring Wild Lantau – Impression of Natural Lantau Video Competition, OWLHK encourages the public to actively explore the natural environment of Lantau. Each team shows appreciation towards Lantau in their entries, and hopes to raise more awareness on Lantau natural conservation.

Dragonfly is mistaken for water play and hunting expert explained: female dragonfly lays eggs in the water

Dragonfly is mistaken for water play and hunting expert explained: female dragonfly lays eggs in the water

Ming Pao - Hong Kong News

2020-08-16

We may visit the stream to cool down by playing in the water, but dragonflies reproduce by touching the water's surface! Bond, one of the Association's founders and directors, will take you on a tour of the dragonfly's routines and the ideal times to observe them!

The Odorous Beauty - <i>Lantana camara</i>

The Odorous Beauty - Lantana camara

Ming Pao Feature

2020-05-21

Ms. Lantana is a renowned for its outstanding beauty, but she keeps a low profile and always sits aside… You probably saw her before, let’s get to know her!

20 Dead Bodies on 50-metres way in Chuen Lung - Grave of Hong Kong Newt

20 Dead Bodies on 50-metres way in Chuen Lung - Grave of Hong Kong Newt

Hiking Wind Fire

2020-04-07

Spring is stirred with lives which goes well with your hikes. Hikers, however, found that there are quite a number of dead bodies of Hong Kong Newt along the road… What are the Newt facing in Chuen Lung?

Joyful Learning in Forest Ecology

Joyful Learning in Forest Ecology

ECF TV Series on viuTV

2019-11-27

ViuTV programme host met the tertiary tutor trained in “ECF Joyful Learning in Forest Ecology-Board Game‧Outdoor‧Environmental Education”. They learnt the forest ecology by playing the board game “Law of the Forest” together.

Tree Survey in the Wild Forest

Tree Survey in the Wild Forest

Ming Pao

2019-11-04

Let’s have a tree survey! Measure the diameter at breast height of trunks with special tools to estimate the carbon flux and stock of trees.

MacLehose Trail (Section 9)

MacLehose Trail (Section 9)

AFCD

2019-10-31

Dr Xoni Ma, Founder and Education Director of OWLHK, leads you at MacLehose Trail (Section 9) - Route Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai. Let’s immerse in the atmosphere and enjoy the forest bath.

The Intimacy between Forest and Us

The Intimacy between Forest and Us

U Magazine - Vol. 723 Life

2019-10-04

Living in Hong Kong, forests are within easy reach. Let’s explore the largest secondary-forest in Hong Kong, and consider the interdependence of nature vis-à-vis humanity.

Janice Promotes Environmental Education via Illustration and Tramping

Janice Promotes Environmental Education via Illustration and Tramping

Ming Pao Feature

2019-09-24

Ms Janice Lo, Founder and Creative Director of OWLHK, shared her experience and story of starting environmental education, as well as the vision and values of this industry.

Law of the Forest

Law of the Forest

Vox Amica Press - Issue 512 (April 2019)

2019-04-01

The Vox Amica Press introduced the board game “Law of The Forest” design by us, which is the first board game in Hong Kong with the theme of local forest ecology and biodiversity. It displayed the basic gameplay, accessories and booklet of “Law of The Forest”.

Relax at Southern District - Exploring Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

Relax at Southern District - Exploring Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

Media 21

2019-01-29

Guided by OWLHK tutor, we launched a parent-child activity at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. The activity led the children proactively explore the mather nature by minigames and creative learning materials. We hoped the children might establish a bonding between their life and mother nature since childhood.

The Pleasant Home of Pallas’s Squirrel

The Pleasant Home of Pallas’s Squirrel

Ming Pao Feature

2018-12-25

The Pallas’s Squirrels are adorable and nimble. They unconsciously help the tree to breed as well. Let Bond Shum, Founder and Conservation Director of OWLHK, explain the interesting facts the Pallas’s Squirrel.

Learn About Mother Nature Via boardgame

Learn About Mother Nature Via boardgame

Oriental Daily News

2018-08-01

The board game “Law of the Forest” leads students to learn beyond the books. Playing the board game with enjoyment, students can acknowledge the forest succession and the ecological relation between the environment and creatures.

Learning and Teaching Happily Through Board Gaming

Learning and Teaching Happily Through Board Gaming

U Magazine Vol. 659 Life

2018-07-13

Under the natural selection, do you think you can survive in the forest in Hong Kong? Playing the first board game with the theme of Hong Kong forest ecology and biodiversity, let’s consider the creatures in the wild and how they adapt and survive!

Distancing from Nature may cause Depression, play Ecology-themed Board Game and walk in Nature

Distancing from Nature may cause Depression, play Ecology-themed Board Game and walk in Nature

Mingpao Weekly - Education

2018-05-04

When was your last time you set foot in a forest? If you cannot recall, you may be experiencing Nature Deficit Disorder! Let’s learn about local forest and species by playing Hong Kong ecology-themed board game “Law of the Forest”, go for a field trip in forest and embrace nature!

Local Ecology-themed Board Game: Law of the Forest

Local Ecology-themed Board Game: Law of the Forest

MetroPop - Issue 603

2018-04-12

Throw away your textbook, Learn while you play! Experts of local ecology developed a board game called “Law of the Forest”. Complicated concepts are simplified by the game design. From now on, let’s learn about local forest ecology in a fun way!

Taking the Lead in Environmental Education - An Interview with Dr. Xoni Ma

Taking the Lead in Environmental Education - An Interview with Dr. Xoni Ma

Green Power - Green Country (Issue 130)

2018-02

Dr. Xoni Ma and friends sharing the same vision with him together founded “Outdoor Wildlife Learning Hong Kong”. They hope to give some new energy to environmental education in Hong Kong, and bring people outside to learn in nature.

Herb Hacks in the old days

Herb Hacks in the old days

MetroPop - Issue 582

2017-11-20

Humanities, landscapes and plants are all closely related. Xoni and Bond, two of the founders and directors of OWLHK, lead us to village in Lantau, to explore life hacks in the old days through plants.

Looking for Plants along Fa Mun Traditional Path

Looking for Plants along Fa Mun Traditional Path

MetroPop - Issue 581

2017-11-20

Being the backyard of Hong Kong, Lantau is a treasure vault full of plants. Xoni and Bond, two of the founders and directors of OWLHK, lead us to Fa Mun Traditional Path in Ngong Ping to explore the plant diversity of Lantau.

Lantau Ecology Classroom - Day and Night in Lantau

Lantau Ecology Classroom - Day and Night in Lantau

Oriental Daily News

2017-06-29

During scorching summer, you might as well look for animals active in “morning/night shift”! This course “Day and Night in Lantau” was divided into day course and night course, visiting different sites in Lantau to learn about Lantau’s biodiversity and behaviours of different species.

#173 The Future of Environmental Education

#173 The Future of Environmental Education

RTHK Radio 5 - 抱擁大自然 (Embracing Nature)

2017-01-26

Being a member of the global village, environmental education should be integrated into daily life. However, like what Hong Kong environmental education expert Dr. Xoni Ma has said, environmental education does not receive much attention in Hong Kong. Comparing to Taiwan, we can definitely do more and better.

Roadshow ECO Star Award 2016 - 專業組 移動教室 馬昀祺

Roadshow ECO Star Award 2016 - 專業組 移動教室 馬昀祺

Roadshow

2017-01

‘Nature is the best classroom.’ Dr Xoni Ma, founder and education director of Outdoor Wildlife Learning Hong Kong co-founded OWLHK with experts in local ecology. They dedicate to promote outdoor environmental education, and encourage the use of five senses to interact with nature.

【Hong Kong Forest Succession.Video】Biodiversity of Lung Fu Shan’s shrubland

【Hong Kong Forest Succession.Video】Biodiversity of Lung Fu Shan’s shrubland

Hong Kong 01 - Community

2016-11-18

Different vegetation are having distinctive environment. Whether it has canopy or not is a major difference between forest and shrubland, and for shrubland it has its own special values in Hong Kong environment……

【Hong Kong Forest Succession.Video】Exploring Tai Po Kau Secondary Forest

【Hong Kong Forest Succession.Video】Exploring Tai Po Kau Secondary Forest

Hong Kong 01 - Community

2016-11-17

Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve is one of the best forests in Hong Kong. It has various hiking trails that allow you to explore the forest comprehensively and appreciate its beauty.

【Hong Kong Forest Succession.Video】Beautiful Fung Shui Woods as living plant museum

【Hong Kong Forest Succession.Video】Beautiful Fung Shui Woods as living plant museum

Hong Kong 01 - Community

2016-11-16

Fung Shui Woods situate at the back hill of Hakka villages. Villagers protect the forest very well for their livelihood, so Feng Shui Woods are having long history and they are important references for local forest conservation.

From a vegetarian students apologizing for killing a frog for experiment, to an environmental education expert

From a vegetarian students apologizing for killing a frog for experiment, to an environmental education expert

Hong Kong 01 - Pets

2016-10-20

Dr. Xoni Ma understands the importance of education from his great teachers in secondary schools. His passion in environmental protection guides him to a direction for studying ecology and biodiversity as his major, and lastly obtained a PhD in environmental education, and pushing EE development in Hong Kong.