Abbots of Wat Pa Mak Nor and Wat Viang Cum are both keen to promote
conservation in the area and welcome visitors: both are looking
into a way of providing accommodation for visitors at the two temples.
With this support
from 2 very influential temple abbotts, Mick and Dowroong have decided
to make Wat pa Mak Nor the headquarters of the Yonok
With the area
being of outstanding ornithological interest a number of ornithological
and conservation experts have visited Yonok Wetlands in the last
month. Dr Mong of the Lanna birdwatching group continues to make
regular visits and encourage birdwatching amongst the locals and
in October (2007) Phil Round, author of A
Guide to the Birds of Thailand, paid a visit along with Andy
Pearce. Other visitors have included local birder John Parr, TV
naturalist Jeffrey Boswell and representatives of the BCST and RSPB.
birders will support this project over the coming "winter".
I shall be visiting Yonok myself at the end of january 2008.
Upton, 29th October 2007 from information on Yonok
Wetland Project website.