The natural habitat of the lesser-spotted Hong Kong golfer is at risk.

Concerns grow for endangered species at Fanling
26 September 2018

Concerns are growing that the Government's land supply drive on Fanling Golf Courses will imperil the natural habitat of a rare and endangered species: the lesser-spotted Hong Kong golfer. Flocking as it does during the winter season to its watering holes at the 9th and 18th green, the species often migrates 6000 miles in the summer to cooler European breeding grounds, returning to do its business at the 3-course habitat in the winter.

Shy and retiring (if not retired), the flock, or to use its collective noun, "Club", is easily disturbed by public attention. Its plumage is highly distinctive - tailored shorts to a maximum of 5 inches above the knees, golf shirts with collars/mock necks (worn tucked-in) and strictly no denim. The young of the species are fed and nurtured in British boarding schools until they are mature enough to be admitted to the Club, taking their rightful place in the ecological hierarchy of Hong Kong and preserving its biodiversity and gini coefficient.

Fiercely defensive of its territory, outsiders are only admitted under the watchful eye of a member, leading to concerns that the species may lack sufficient genetic diversity for its long-term survival. Crucial to the outcome may be the presence of alpha-males and females of the species in upper echelons of Government, the Legislative Council and in the Chief Executive’s Election Committee, who are likely to ensure that the bulk of the habitat is preserved by designating it as a Site of Special Social Interests, allowing encroachment of the public only at the ecologically unimportant fringes.

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