National Parks

Conservation

  • Saving Marine Life One At A Time

    Saving Marine Life One At A Time

    Conservation

    On the 6th of February 2009, while doing a survey at the seaside of Kranji Nature Trail, Rozaimi, and I stumbled upon a discarded fishing net that had been washed ashore. Many marine organisms were caught in it, one of which was a horseshoe crab.

  • Spider Study in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

    Spider Study in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

    Conservation

    A spider research group has been formed to record and document spider species that can be found in Singapore, starting with Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

  • The Fish Of Singapore’s Last Freshwater Swamp

    The Fish Of Singapore’s Last Freshwater Swamp

    Conservation

    Did you know there is one remaining freshwater swamp in Singapore? Living in the streams of the swamp are some interesting but critically endangered native fishes.

  • Confessions Of A Serial Coral Spawning Enthusiast

    Confessions Of A Serial Coral Spawning Enthusiast

    Conservation

    You know that indescribable buzz you get when you’re anticipating a special event like your first wedding anniversary, your forever 29th birthday or that long-awaited Madonna concert? Well, I get that feeling at the start of each year as the cool Christmas breeze slowly gives way to warmer winds and as the monsoon wanes to welcome clearer skies and warmer waters.

  • Restoring A Treasured Nature Reserve

    Restoring A Treasured Nature Reserve

    Conservation

    Many who visit relish the experience of being immersed in nature, where it feels like they are not in the middle of a bustling city, but a tranquil countryside. It is because so many of us love climbing its trails to the summit, or the adventure of exploring the interior of a tropical rainforest, that there has come a need to conserve the Reserve so that future generations may enjoy similar experiences.

  • Families In Nature

    Families In Nature

    Conservation

    If you have ever thought to yourself “Singapore got wildlife meh?”, you are not alone. However, despite our small and urbanised island, a surprising variety of flora and fauna can be found living in our midst.

  • A Citizen Science Initiative: The Marine Eco-toxicity Biomonitoring Project

    A Citizen Science Initiative: The Marine Eco-toxicity Biomonitoring Project

    Conservation

    How is the quality of our water measured? What is the quality of our water and how does it affect us? A group of students participating in a project learnt the answers and more.

  • Buffering Our Nature

    Buffering Our Nature

    Conservation

    Have you visited the recently opened Springleaf Nature Park, explored the Wallace Trail at Dairy Farm Nature Park, or strolled through any of the other nature parks in Singapore? Have you wondered what is the difference between a nature park and any other park? In an increasingly built-up landscape, our constant challenge is to strike a balance between development needs and the conservation of native biodiversity.

  • Seeing Stars in Singapore’s Sea

    Seeing Stars in Singapore’s Sea

    Conservation

    Standing from a distance, perhaps from the shore or on a boat, the busy waters surrounding Singapore look murky and empty of marine life. However, the reality is far from that. The intertidal area exposed during low tides, for instance,is home to many interesting species of animals if you know when and where to look. I tend to spot more animals on the intertidal areas during predawn low spring tides.

  • Conserving The Singapore Green Tree Snail

    Conserving The Singapore Green Tree Snail

    Conservation

    What is jade-green and uniquely Singaporean? A Singapore Garden Tree Snail! Find out why it is important to conserve this special resident of our forests.

  • Otters On Orchard Road!

    Otters On Orchard Road!

    Conservation

    Between 22 May 2010 and 20 June 2010, a parade of local flora and fauna invaded the pedestrian malls of Orchard Road.

  • Freeing The Forest From Weeds

    Freeing The Forest From Weeds

    Conservation

    The very thought of weeding, especially on a weekend morning, sounds like a dreaded chore to most. Yet, a group of enthusiastic Central Nature Reserve volunteers immersed themselves in this task one sunny Saturday morning – marshalled by Roy Tan, a Senior Outreach Officer with the Central Nature Reserve Branch.

  • Winged Beauties of Toa Payoh Town Park

    Winged Beauties of Toa Payoh Town Park

    Conservation

    Dragonflies hold a unique fascination for people all over the world. They represent swiftness and pure water to Native Americans, and are symbols of bravery and happiness to the Japanese. In parts of Europe, they even have been linked to evil legends. Here in Singapore, our interest in dragonflies extends beyond myths and curiosity, into the realm of serious research. NParks conducted a dragonfly project for two years from 2008 to 2010, with the objective of surveying ponds in parks for their dragonfly diversity and population.

  • Giants Alive At The Southern Ridges!

    Giants Alive At The Southern Ridges!

    Conservation

    A long time ago, giants stood tall among us. And no, this is not a fairy tale. Before great swathes of our natural forests gave way to concrete jungles, giant trees could be found throughout our landscape.

  • ‘Shooting’ Wildlife on Pulau Ubin

    ‘Shooting’ Wildlife on Pulau Ubin

    Conservation

    To a greater or lesser extent, those living in Singapore are familiar with Pulau Ubin’s rustic charm. Today, Pulau Ubin attracts more than 250,000 visitors per year – and as the number of visitors increases, so do the reported sightings of wildlife.

  • A Helping Hand for Local Reefs

    A Helping Hand for Local Reefs

    Conservation

    Think of coral reefs, and what comes to mind most easily is the opening scene of the animated film Finding Nemo – a vivid depiction of the bustling marine life on the Great Barrier Reef. It may seem hard to imagine, but Singapore also has its own, albeit smaller, underwater world of coral reefs. Located just off Singapore’s southern coast, these reefs comprise an impressive biodiversity that includes more than 250 species of reef-forming hard corals, along with other marine life.

  • Playful Water Puppies

    Playful Water Puppies

    Conservation

    Otters are playful creatives by nature, a trait which is evident in their fun-loving antics and also in the various nouns used for them. The young of an otter is called a puppy, and collectively, a group of otters is known as a romp. We have been fortunate enough to observe the family of otters at Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, and having seen them at play, we can definitely agree that the otter puppies romp as enthusiastically as their canine counterparts.

  • A Thai Visitor at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

    A Thai Visitor at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

    Conservation

    They never pass through Changi Airport, and don’t require a passport. These ‘travellers’ are migratory birds, and the highlight of their visit to Singapore is the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR).

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