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Monday, August 22, 2011

MNS Birding trip to Fairy Cave area

MNS Birding Trip to Fairy Cave Area

DATE : 4 September (Sunday)

TIME : 7:00am – 10.00am

WHERE TO MEET : At entrance of Fairy Cave at 7.00am. Carpool by arrangement – should leave Kuching at 6:15am


The venue is Fairy Cave Nature Reserve, located about 10 minutes drive from Bau town centre. The Bau limestone hill region has been designated as an Important Bird Area (IBAs).
Our leaders will be : Yeo Siew Teck and Ch’ien C Lee.

This trip is an opportunity to experience the biodiversity of the Bau Limestone area, comprising a series of low limestone hills, which are covered by mixed dipterocarp forests and also where many fresh water streams run through. The ecosystem includes impressive cave systems within limestone outcrops.
A study by Sim and Kong (2004) reveal the Bau Limestone Area holds at least 129 species of birds from 40 families, eighteen of which are globally-threatened and 34 listed as totally protected and protected species. Some of the more interesting species recorded in the area include Oriental Darter, Chestnut-bellied Malkoha, Red-crowned and Red-throated Barbets, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Crested Jay, the globally-threatened Straw-headed Bulbul, and many others. One unusual bird occasionally sighted at Fairy Cave is the Bornean Whistling-thrush. This is an endemic species which is normally only found in the higher mountains of northern Borneo, but for some reason occurs here at sea-level.

To learn more about the Area, read the articles in The Sarawak Museum Journal Vol. LIX, No. 80 (New Series); Special Issue No. 6: 235-: Sarawak Bau Limestone Biodiversity (eds H.S. Yong, F.S.P. Ng and E.E.L. Yen).

Bau is located 35 Kilometers from Kuching. It can be reached by two routes. Either using the old Bau - Kuching Road via Kota Sentosa (7 mile Penrissen Road) or the Kuching – Bau- Lundu Road ( part of the Borneo Hwy) via Batu Kawa.

Please bring along your camera, binoculars, bird guides, pocket-size note pad, hat, sun block, umbrella, insert repellent. A torch if looking inside caves. Please remember to wear dull-coloured clothes.

Members : FREE
Non Members: RM5/-
Students : Free
Foreigners: RM20 donation to bird group for conservation

For registration please contact Susan Teal at 012-8874401 or sueteal2006@gmail.com.
For more information please contact Yeo Siew Teck on 019-887 6860 or Anthony Wong on 013-833 3163

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bird Race 2011 Kuching

Dear all,

Greetings from MNS - Kuching Branch Bird Group!
We are pleased to announce the Bird Race 2011 Kuching is on the weekend of the 28-30 October 2011.

We are seeking willing experts to give short topical talks to help raise Nature Awareness  and ' Because Birds are important' which is our theme this year.

Please contact me or Benard by Tuesday 23rd August if you can commit to talks at Permai or Borneo Highlands the end of October. We will arrange a meeting to discuss the Event soon after. 

Feel free to pass this invitation to others you think would be suitable to contribute. 

Visit the website for an idea of what is going on: The itinerary is still tentative -

Thank You.
Sue Teal
Secretary KBBG 


BENARD TIANG MING ZEARL | Assistant Manager, Marketing
Borneo Highlands Resort // Ground & 1st Floor, Lot 11607-11608, Block 16, RH Plaza,
 Lorong Lapangan Terbang 1, 93250, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
T: +6082-577 930 / 578 930 | M: +6016-886 0139 | F: +6082-576 680 |

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BorneoHighlandsResort
Back to Nature, Back to Basics | A joint venture between Country Heights Holdings
Berhad & LCDA

BHR Annual Events: 
BHR Padawan Nature Challenge 2011 : 3rd July 2011
Colours of Nature 2011 : 27th August 2011 - 16th September 2011
Sarawak Bird Race 2011 : 28th October 2011 - 30th October 2011
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Susan Teal
Lot 17 Taman Ricketts
Jalan Maxwell, 93000 Kuching
Tel +6 082-250021
H/P 012 887 4401
Skype: susan.teal

Thursday, August 18, 2011

SBC Public Awareness Talk

Dear members and friends

SBC Public Awareness Talk :

Monday, September 5 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sarawak Biodeversity Centre

More Info
5th September 2011 (Mon) @ 3pm @ SBC - "Local Plants and their Potential for Medicine and Health Supplements" by Dr Paul Chai. 
Interested to attend? 
Pls contact Asha D Kaushal at 082-610610