Category: LOMF Walks

Love Our MacRitchie Forest Walk, 28 Oct 2019

Monday, 28 October 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
SST
Venus Loop, Venus Drive

Walk along the pristine stream to spot the many amazing creatures which call this rainforest home.

Hidden within the stream are many animals like soft-shell turtles, freshwater crabs, terrapins, fishing spiders and amphibians that depend on clear, unpolluted freshwater streams for survival.

You might also spot long-tailed macaques, clouded monitor lizards, gliding lizards, treeshrews, emerald doves, racket-tailed drongos and many other birds, butterflies and insects.

Various plants and trees that are home and food for our forest fauna can also be seen on this walk. These include huge terentang trees, fig trees, and tall bamboo groves.

The wild rainforest is an open science museum and a living house of biodiversity. Come with us, and learn more about this rainforest.

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Love Our MacRitchie Forest Walk, 22 Sep 2019

Sunday, 22 September 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM SST
Venus Loop, Venus Drive

FREE walk through Venus Loop. Come see the abundance of flora and fauna in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR).

The LTA has released its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on two possible alignments for the Cross Island Line (CRL). Alignment 1 will see two worksites just outside the CCNR and a 2 km tunnel under the CCNR.

Alignment 2 will see 3 worksites on the fringes of the CCNR and a 4 km tunnel skirting the CCNR. Both alignments are expected to have significant impact on the flora and fauna within the CCNR. The impact on the stream system within Windsor Nature Park is assessed to be Critical.

The CCNR is the largest remaining contiguous patch of forest in Singapore and is home to several rare species such as the Sunda Pangolin, Straw-headed Bulbul and Greater Slow Loris, which are listed as vulnerable or endangered in the entire world.

Singapore only has less than 1% of its original forest cover left. With the emergency of climate change hanging over our heads, we need to preserve whatever is left as forests are the best carbon sinks known to us. Destroying mature forests, and therefore also their existing biodiversity, and then replanting trees to try and regenerate forests, is a colossal waste.

It is true that several birds, animals and plants have made a comeback in Singapore after their habitat was destroyed. But, many have not and will never come back. We should not let the resurgence of some species mislead us to ignore the loss of many others.

On this walk, come see for yourself the rich variety of flora and fauna found in this part of the Central Catchment Nature Area and understand why protecting the CCNR is so important for Singapore.

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