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International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, 21 Sep 2019 @ St John’s and Lazarus Island

Amid hazy skies, a team of nine volunteers from Cicada Tree Eco-Place boarded a boat for St John’s and Lazarus Islands to help clean up our beautiful islets 6.5 kilometres south of mainland Singapore.

St John’s island was a medical quarantine station from the 1900s until the mid-20th century. Today, it is a rustic getaway spot for tourists and locals alike and home to the St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory.

St John’s, together with Sisters’ Islands and Pulau Tekukor, is a known turtle hatching site and has been designated as Singapore’s first marine park. Sadly, it is no stranger to marine litter, especially plastic waste which may trap, injure animals or be mistaken for food and ingested.

Check out the video for highlights of what took place!

WATCH: International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, 21 September 2019 @ St John’s & Lazarus Islands VIDEO: NICHOLAS YEO

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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Nature Walk at Bukit Timah Station for ‘Connecting Communities Through Rail Corridor’ event, Sat 31 Aug 2019

On Saturday, 31 st August 2019, Cicada Tree Eco-Place supported the ‘Connecting Communities Through Rail Corridor’ event as part of the Friends of Rail Corridor group.

The event announced plans for a connected Rail Corridor stretching from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands and enhancements works to the former Bukit Timah Railway Station.

Volunteers from Cicada Tree Eco-Place led a nature walk for the community. The rustic nature surrounding the old Bukit Timah Railway Station contains many familiar kampong plants such as banana, brinjal, and rambutan, amidst the tall mature trees.

This provides a habitat for wildlife, especially birds. Some of the birds spotted at the walk include the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Pied Fantail, and Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot.

The melodious calls of the critically endangered Straw-headed Bulbul can be heard as well. We are glad that participants of the walk appreciated the flora and fauna that often go unnoticed.

Indeed, the Rail Corridor boasts rich heritage and biodiversity that enthrals all visitors and we will definitely be back again!

St John’s Island International Coastal Cleanup by Cicada Tree Eco-Place, Sat 21 Sep 2019

Cicada Tree Eco-Place will join ICCS 2019 by cleaning up St John’s Island beach to help make a difference for our native wildlife such as marine turtles during this nesting season on the shores of Singapore.

Date : Sat 21 Sep 2019
Time: AM
Venue: St John’s Island – Beach SJ1

Note: Due to limited boat capacity, we are fully booked for this activity. If you wish to be on waitlist, send us your name and contact details. Volunteers must be fit to cleanup for 60-90mins and be comfortable to travel by boat. For enquiries, please email our coordinator Teresa Teo Guttensohn at:

What is ICC?

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an annual event conducted in 70-100 countries, coordinated by the US-based agency, The Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit organisation.

Marine Debris Data and Education

The programme aims to remove and collect data on the debris from the shorelines, waterways and beaches of the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. This information serves to educate the public on marine debris issues and to encourage positive change by submissions to governmental and international organisations that will reduce debris in waterways and enhance aquatic environments.

Who Coordinates ICC in Singapore?

The International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore (ICCS) is coordinated by Toddycats! – volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (formerly the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research) of the National University of Singapore, and is led by N. Sivasothi aka Otterman.

Curse of Marine Litter

The programme which began in 1992 is strongly supported by numerous local and international schools, private and government organisations who have battled the curse of marine litter for more than two decades.

Learn about ICCS:

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