Updated on: September 18, 2017
Guandu Nature Park is situated in northern Taiwan at the junction of the Tamsui and Jilong Rivers. The landscape consists of a mosaic of freshwater and brackish ponds, mudflats, marsh, rice paddies, and woodland, inhabits by a rich variety of organisms.
Guandu is a major stopover site for migrating birds, especially waterfowls and shorebirds, as well as an important wintering and breeding ground for many species. The Park has been qualified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) with over 279 bird species recorded. Over 830 species have been recorded at the Park including plants, insects, crustaceans, benthic organisms, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, birds, and mammals.
The mission of this park is to protect these valuable natural resources. In 1981, environmentalists had voiced for conserve Guandu wetland. After two years of effort from a grassroots movement, Taipei Government set Guandu Wetland as Guandu Waterfowl Conservation Area. Since 2001, the Wild Bird Society of Taipei (WBST) has been entrusted with operating Guandu Nature Park by Taipei City Government. Over almost 20 years of long process, this land has been regenerated as the efforts from the government, business, NGO and local residents.
Locating in urban Taipei, a highly developed and densely populated area, the wetland preserved there within is a quite precious asset for all of us. The park is not only working on conservation, exhibition, and education programs, with good public transport and facility, it also enables people from towns and cities in Taipei to experience the special wildlife up close.
Two events are held in the Park annually. One is Taipei International Bird watching Fair in October, which is the second largest in the world and Asia’s largest bird watching event. The Fair acts as an usher to encourage more people to get to know wild birds, appreciate them and learn to live with them in harmony.
Another one is Guandu International Nature Art Festival from November to December. Artists all over the world are invited to create site-specific outdoor installations by using natural materials in the Park. The festival aims to serve as a catalyst to deepen the public’s awareness of our environment, as well as care for local cultures.
Whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned regular, you are welcomed to get close to nature and find that personal connection between yourself and nature.