Walking in nature gives us a sense of ownership and stewardship of the earth. Experiencing the wonder of discovery whilst watching or interacting with wildlife gives perhaps one of the greatest thrills we can ever experience, and with the key mission of this site and my work being "to connect with nature", its obvious that I want to promote "getting out there".
verb to assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person.
For me a nature guide is the most amazing and critical part of the experience in the wild, as they are key to the element of “discovery” which makes nature tourism so fulfilling, and leaves us so full of wonder. So, a great wildlife guide is a person who leads others to more abstract goals such as knowledge or wisdom, as well as simply pointing out a creature, and its habits. These experts can share awe inspiring tales, and fascinating facts about the creatures around us, and are at the forefront of protecting those without a voice.
Great tours with guides I have done in Hong Kong.
(Please contact me if you have a nature related tour of interest to my readers).
1. Birdwatching at MaiPo with Dr. Martin Williams - Click here
2. Snake Safaris, with Snake Catcher William Sargent - Click here
4. Dolphin watching, with Mr. Dolphin aka Thomas Tue - Click here
5. Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens - Click here
If you have not been, go now!
(Full disclosure, I do occasional photographic work for KFBG, but I would recommend their tours and programmes highly anyway).
6. Organised tours, screenings and environmental education for the public: Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, in the Country Park - (info here)
Are you ready for a wildlife adventure in Hong Kong?
- Tours with myself and Adam Francis, my co-founder of
Where to go:
These are my favourite places to visit, where I keep going back, again and again. And don't forget to try going at nighttime too...things come alive after 9pm.
Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens
SaiKung: Lions Nature Education Centre (just mind all the dogs) and also the huge Sai Kung East and Ma On Shan Country Parks, with those wonderful beaches.
Shing Mun Reservoir
Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, in the Country Park - (info here)
Great books and other information: Most books in Hong Kong are for hikers. But there are a couple I would recommend for nature trails, and the animals you might find.
My own blog at and on facebook at wildcreatureshongkong
David Diskin is a Hong Kong based writer, photographer and birdwatcher, and he has written (and published) two of the best guides for nature walks:
1. Hong Kong Nature Walks: The New Territories and
2. Hong Kong Nature Walks: Kowloon, Hong Kong and Outlying Islands.
His latest book is Mai Po: The Seasons – A Photographic Essay.
you can (and should) buy from his website click here
Dr. Martin Williams
Publishes a wealth of information about the outdoors in HK, called /www.hkoutdoors.com/
And, The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong..The Guide with an eye on the natural world . Buy it here.
Paul Hilton is an award winning photographer, and adventurer. He also runs adventure outings for intrepid souls. See his website and amazing conservation and animal images - click here
And don't forget the wonderful iNaturalist App - for review, click here