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Thu 30 Jun 2005

Parit Jawa's famous Pantai Leka to be gazetted a bird park.

Category : malaysia

"Pantai Leka to be gazetted as bird park." New Straits Times, 30 Jun 2005.

"MUAR, JOHOR, Wed. - Pantai Leka in Parit Jawa, about 10 kilometres from here, which is one of the four stopovers of migratory birds in Johor, will be gazetted as a bird park soon. Johor National Park Corporation (JNPC) director Hashim Yusoff said the corporation will recommend to the State Government to protect and preserve the beach which could be an important site for eco-tourism. He said some 250 Lesser Adjutant storks (Leptoptilos javanicus) had been sighted at the Endau-Rompin National Park, Tanjung Piai, Batu Pahat and Parit Jawa recently.

"We need to conserve mangrove forests in these areas to protect the rare species," he told reporters after visiting Pantai Leka here today. Hashim said the 20ha mudflat on the beach which provides food and shelter for migratory birds has to be protected at all costs. Hashim said uncontrolled cutting of mangrove trees should be avoided in the areas as it would destroy the birds' habitat.

Meanwhile, droves of bird lovers, visitors and tourists converge at the fishing village daily to observe migratory birds such as storks, cranes, egrets. Pantai Leka has about 40 Lesser Adjutant storks at any time along the beach.

Parit Jawa Fishermen's Association secretary Koh Kwee Heong welcomed the idea to set up the bird park. Local bird lover, Mansur Poh, commended JNPC for taking the step, adding that any failure to preserve the beach will lead to an extinction of many bird species."

For more information and photos of Parit Jawa, which has attracted Singapore bird-watchers for years, see:

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