Xuan Thuy National Park
Xuan Thuy
Xuan Thuy National Park is 150 km south-west of Hanoi in the coastal zone of the Red River Delta. The national park comprises of three islands and mudflats, the most important habitat being the intertidal mudflats and natural mangroves. Xuan Thuy is an internationally important wintering area for migratory waterbirds including such rarities as Asian Dowitcher, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Saunders’s Gull and Black-faced Spoonbill.

 
Coastal wetlands at Xuan Thuy
Coastal wetlands at Xuan Thuy
In addition to its importance for waterbirds, Xuan Thuy is also an important migratory stop-over for non-waterbirds, with large numbers of passerines passing through the site during the spring and autumn migrations.

Unfortunately despite being a national park and Vietnam’s first Ramsar Site, Xuan Thuy’s biodiversity is under threat from the spread of aquaculture and unsustainable levels of fishing and shellfish harvesting within the park boundaries.

 

Black-crowned Barwing
Black-faced Spoonbill    
Xuan Thuy’s most wanted
Baer’s Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit, Asian Dowitcher, Eastern Curlew, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Great Knot, Black-tailed Gull, Heuglin’s Gull, Saunders’s Gull, Chinese Egret, Black-faced Spoonbill, Light-vented Bulbul.