20 May 2018
BioBlitz @ Rail Corridor (Central)
On 20 May 2018, Friends of Rail Corridor joined Nationwide BioBlitz and conducted its first BioBlitz event at Rail Corridor (Central). The event was led by biodiversity experts and community leaders from Friends of Rail Corridor where 3 surveys were conducted involving around 30 volunteers to document the wildlife along the Rail Corridor stretch between Hindhede Drive and Fuyong Park.
David Tan from the National University of Singapore (NUS) led the bird survey and showed participants the rich birdlife along the Rail Corridor. Notable sightings included a group of Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots flying past and the endangered Straw-headed Bulbul, that was heard within the vegetation.
Khew Sin Khoon from the ButterflyCircle and Elliott Ong from BES Drongos led the butterfly and dragonfly surveys respectively. Participants were treated to a diversity of insects along the Rail Corridor, including the Chocolate Albatross butterfly, a seasonal migrant from Malaysia and the many dragonflies that inhabit the naturalised stream.
The BioBlitz was a huge success overall, where the day ended with 27 bird species, 27 butterfly species, 11 dragonfly species and 8 other species (that’s a total of 73 species!!) being sighted during the surveys.
To find out more about BioBlitz, clickHERE.