The RSGC comprises of fairways, tees and greens of an area of 360 acres, out of which 30 acres is built infrastructures and 30 acres are designated as the wildlife and bird sanctuary.
The number of flora and fauna exist in this area is not known and no assessment has been carried out thus far. Only bird counts has been carried out. The number of bird species in the area is high indicating a good diversity of avifauna. These include 6 raptor species, 3 Kingfishers and 39 forest birds. Only 1 waterbird species has been recorded in the golf course which is the White-breasted Waterhen.
The absence of waterbird species in this area is most probably due to lack of suitable habitat. Waterbirds are highly dependent on suitable wetland habitats. The existing ponds have deep edges which is not suitable for waterbirds to feed in the area. Most importantly, food source is limited in these existing ponds due to low abundance of aquatic plant species and other such aquatic insects and fish.
Therefore it is very important to carry out a full assessment on plant species and diversity of wildlife species occurring in this area in order to recommend suitable enhancement of habitats to attract more wildlife.
An ecological assessment on existing flora and fauna in the area
1. To produce a checklist of flora species to include tree species, shrubs, sedges and aquatic macrophytes include floating and submerged species. A wetland plant specialist from Wetlands International will work together with Ms. Raminder to produce a list and location plan.
To produce a checklist of fauna species to include mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fish and birds. Species of special concern will be indicated, especially those species which are rare, or have national conservation importance.
Methodology used for wildlife survey include the following:
- Birds will be surveyed using binoculars and identifying vocalisations.
- Mammals will be identified through direct observation using sight, sound and spoor recognition techniques and evidence such as tracks, prints and droppings.
- Herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) will be identified by direct observation using casual capture and sight & sound recognition techniques.
- Fishes will be surveyed using a tray net and later identified through direct observation.
A wildlife specialist and a scientific officer will be engaged in the wildlife survey. Two trips will be carried out, which include daytime and nighttime surveys.
2. To map out the areas for habitat enhancement, for example tree planting or removal and highlight what appropriate conservation activities can be carried out in the overall master plan of RSGC.
3. To prepare a list of suggestion activities and mini projects to enhance the biodiversity value of RSGC in order to be act as a green lung for the city of Kuala Lumpur.