Monday, May 16, 2016

Get closer to nature at 10 North West Eco Trails

My Paper, Monday, May 16, 2016, Page A2, Top Stories
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By mypaper, Carolyn Khew, 16 May 2016

PHOTO: GREEN HAVEN: The 5km route at Dairy Farm Nature Park will lead visitors to the former Singapore Quarry, now a wetland habitat. They can also see different species of dragonflies, many of which are rare.
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VISITORS to Dairy Farm Nature Park will now be able to enjoy a new eco trail. The 5km route, launched yesterday (15 May 2016), is one of 10 new North West Eco Trails being developed by the North West Community Development Council and Singapore Environment Council (SEC).

The 10 routes will cover a distance of almost 30km and be located in places such as Admiralty Park, Yishun Pond Park and Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. They will be opened in the next few months.

The eco trail at Dairy Farm Nature Park will lead visitors to the former Singapore Quarry which has been transformed into a wetland habitat.

Singapore Quarry (dry season)
PHOTO: Singapore Quarry (dry season)
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Nature enthusiasts will be able to look out for different species of dragonflies, many of which are rare.

The trail will also lead visitors to the Wallace Education Centre. Named after British naturalist Alfred Wallace to honour his contributions to natural science, the centre allows visitors to learn the history of Dairy Farm Nature Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Wallace Trail
PHOTO: Wallace Trail
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The Yishun Pond Park eco trail offers the chance to see South-east Asian rainforest tree species which can live up to 1,000 years and grow up to 80m.

Teo Ho Pin, Member of Parliament for Bukit Panjang SMC, launched the North West Eco Trails at Dairy Farm Nature Park along with about 100 community residents yesterday. They took a guided walk along the trail and saw fauna such as the Black-naped Oriole bird.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
PHOTO: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - Explore the astonishing biodiversity
This reserve includes Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah, at a mere 164m (538ft), and protects 163 hectares (403 acres) of the nation’s only virgin lowland rainforest. There are five walking trails, all clearly marked and with varying levels of difficulty, taking from 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete.
Photo by Vincent Ng

Edwin Seah, executive director of the SEC, said: "Through the North West Eco Trails, residents can now explore these green spaces with ease, improve their health and learn to appreciate and conserve Singapore's biodiversity at the same time."

By mypaper, Carolyn Khew, 16 May 2016
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2016, with the headline 'New eco trail opens at Dairy Farm Nature Park'.

Lower Peirce Reservoir Park.
PHOTO: Mount Faber & the Henderson Waves Bridge – Southern Ridges, Singapore
Picture posted by Angela G. on 15 February 2016