Nature Park Network
NParks will protect Singapore’s four nature reserves and our core biodiversity areas through the establishment of Nature Park Networks that safeguards and extend our natural capital.
Central Nature Park Network
As part of a holistic conservation approach, NParks had established a network of buffers in the form of nature parks, surrounding Singapore’s Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. NParks sensitively enhances the habitats within these buffers so that they remain rustic and forested, and at the same time provide the public with alternatives to connect with nature. These buffers also protect the central nature reserves against developments that abut them. Beyond serving as buffers and habitats, the Central Nature Park Network provides ecologically inter-dependent habitats for the flora and fauna of the Nature Reserves, and are also integral to the network of ecological connectivity that is being established throughout the island.
The establishment of the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network adds to the existing Central Nature Park Network.
Taking reference from the Nature Conservation Masterplan, NParks utilises a science-based approach to ensure that the buffer areas and the ecological network are optimal as habitats and ecological corridors. One such effort is through the Forest Restoration Action Plan which guides the approach to assist our nature parks and ecological corridors approximate the mature rainforest in species and structure.
Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is recognised internationally as an important site for migratory waterbirds along the East Asian – Australasian Flyway that stretches from the Arctic through Russia and Alaska, to Australia and New Zealand, encompassing 22 countries. It harbours unique wetland flora and fauna, and is home to more than half of the bird species that can be found in Singapore.
Buffers to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve include extensions to the east, west and south, Kranji Marshes, and the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat. Collectively, these complementary wetland habitats strengthen the conservation of wetland biodiversity in the northwestern part of Singapore and form the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network.
Not publicly accessible
- Jalan Gemala Marshland and Kranji Reservoir Marshes Nature Areas
- Southern Extension
To be completed in 2022
- Lim Chu Kang Nature Park (formerly Western Extension)
- Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat Nature Park
Do note the Dos and Don’ts if you are visiting the various nature parks.
Nature Corridors are identified pathways that map out important ecological connections between areas rich in biodiversity, such as nature reserves. The Lornie Nature Corridor (hyperlink), Bukit Batok Nature Corridor and the Clementi Nature Corridor were conceptualised by taking into account the ecological profile of the areas, as well as their ecological connectivity with surrounding habitats.
Click here for more info on Clementi Nature Corridor.