The People’s Committee of Vinh Long Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region approved on Friday a plan to fund the upgrade of a wild bird garden that was established on the land of a local farmer 17 years ago.
The land, owned by Le Van Chia, familiarly known among local people as Hai Chia, covers an area of about 1.8 hectares in Tra On District, Vinh Long.
After dozens of black-crowned night-herons appeared there in 2006, Chia has left the entire land for birds to nest and settle, forgoing profit from the property.
He has also dedicated his time and efforts to preserving the birds.
|Farmer Le Van Chia holds a bird killed by poachers in his garden in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre|
Chia’s garden reached its peak in 2018 with a population of over 2,000 birds, including those listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of Endangered Species such as Asian openbill, creating a dense bird community.
In 2021, there were 33 types of birds identified in his garden, which belonged to 20 different families and 12 orders.
To support the growth of the bird garden and enhance biodiversity preservation efforts, the People’s Committee of Vinh Long has decided to expand the land for the birds to about four to five hectares.
The expansion plan also includes the construction of a bird observation tower and the installation of a surveillance camera system and fences to protect the birds in the long run.