IMPORTANT: For your safety, please do not enter the nature reserve and forested areas during stormy weather as such inclement weather may cause trees and branches to fall. Do note that when planning to go outdoors, dial-a-weather at 65427788 for weather forecast. Thank you.
Step into the nature reserves and journey back in time to the days before Sir Stamford Raffles arrived, when much of the island was covered with lowland, tropical forest. Though much of Singapore's original vegetation had been cleared for logging and cultivation, the forest at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has remained relatively undisturbed. Likewise, patches of primary rainforest can be seen around the MacRitchie area and Nee Soon Swamp at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
These nature reserves bounded 4 reservoirs - namely MacRitchie Reservoir, Lower Peirce Reservoir, Upper Peirce Reservoir and Upper Seletar Reservoir. The nature reserves act as water catchment for the reservoirs, in addition, the nature reserves also ensure the quality of water in the reservoirs.
Other than being storehouses of water, today, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve are homes to more than 840 flowering plants and over 500 species of animals (including butterflies). With such an astonishing variety of plants, animals and insect life, the nature reserves are indeed treasure houses of Singapore's biodiversity.
Covering an area of approximately 3,043 hectares, both the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve are managed by the Central Nature Reserve Branch of the National Parks Board.
As nature reserves, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserves are protected by the Parks & Trees Act 2005 for the conservation of our native biodiversity. Certain activities are prohibited within the nature reserves, especially activities that cause a lot of impacts on the native flora and fauna - hiking in groups of more than 30 without a permit, releasing of animals, feeding of animals, removing of native flora and fauna from the nature reserves, cycling, walking off the designated trails are just some of these activities.
What you should do when approached by monkeys
When approached by the monkeys, you should look down and walk at least 1.5 metres away from them. Do not look into their eyes or bare your teeth as these are signs of aggression and challenge
Keep food and snacks in haversacks and not in plastic bags. Do not eat in the presence of monkeys.
Residents who live near forested areas
Dispose all household refuse in bins which can be tightly sealed (especially bins with sliding interlocking seals). For bins outside the house or in the open, a simple modification to the bin cover to include a key/number lock will prevent the monkeys from gaining access. You can also consider using an elastic strap to secure the lids to monkey-proof the bins.
Keep all windows (including bathroom windows) and doors shut when there is no one at home or when you spot monkeys in the vicinity. Monkeys tend to stay in an area for only a short period of time (15 mins to 30 mins) if there is no available food before moving away.
Keep all food, including prayer offerings, in the house.
Avoid growing fruit trees, vegetables or spices in your garden.
Do not feed the monkeys and advise those whom you see feeding not to do
Do not disturb or threaten monkeys. Do not stare the monkeys in the eye, show your teeth or lunge/move forward as these are signs of aggression to monkeys. If threatened, monkeys will become aggressive.
Do not eat or drink outdoors, especially when there are monkeys present. Food will attract the monkeys to the area.
Part of the Lower Peirce Trail will be closed for upgrading works. Please click here for the map. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Peirce Reservoir was commissioned on 26th March 1912 by his Excellency Sir Arthur Young and was known then as the Kallang River Reservoir. This waterwork, together with Woodleigh, took 10 years to construct and upon completion, provided 9 million gallons of water daily. It was renamed as Peirce Reservoir in 1922 after Robert Peirce, the Municipal Engineer from 1901 to 1916. In 1975, it was again renamed as Lower Peirce Reservoir, after the new Upper Peirce Reservoir Park was constructed.
Lower and Upper Peirce Reservoir Parks are known for their tranquil and scenic settings. This is where people can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to just dwell in serene surroundings. Both parks are 6 hectares in area.