Events

Birdwatching at Bukit Brown with Wing Chong


Date : 10 Mar 2012
Time : 8 - 10 am
Location : Meet at the cemented open area just after the portal of Bukit Brown at Lorong Halwa

Let Wing Chong of Nature Society (Singapore) show you the various bird species that call Bukit Brown home. This is the first in a series of nature walks at Bukit Brown presented by NSS for the month of March.

The Bukit Brown area is about 233 hectares in extent, bordered by Lornie Road, Lower Thomson Road and the Pan-Island Expressway. It lies just to the south of the Central Catchment Forest, being separated from it by Lornie Road and includes one of Singapore's oldest Chinese cemetery. With 100,000 graves, Bukit Brown is also one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China.

The area is generally undulating, consisting of hillocks and small valleys.

Bukit Brown was given a 2-star site in NSS Master Plan for the Conservation of Nature published in 1990. That year, the 2-star status given was based on meagre information at that time (late 80s) when the site was relatively unexplored.

Bukit Brown Cemetery provides key ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, flood prevention, natural air-conditioning and a habitat for threatened species, just to name a few. The woodland there has now become more mature and the birdlife has increased to 90 species, amounting to 25% of total bird species in Singapore, of which 13 are listed in the Singapore Red Data Book as nationally threatened. A rating of a 4-star Heritage Park is being proposed for this site, which is unique in being rich in both natural and cultural heritage. 

Nature Society (Singapore) supports local efforts in the conservation of Bukit Brown Cemetery. Find out more about our reasons for conserving it by downloading our position paper here

We also urge you to help us support a petition to collect 100,000 names - one for each grave. You can download the petition form here.

Join us for a walk around this special corner of Singapore and find out for yourself why it is worth conserving this historical and natural treasure trove!

Please take note:

1. We will be walking mainly on paved roads. Rain or Shine.

2. Wear light breathable clothing. Long pants and long sleeves if you are prone to insect bites or use a natural insect repellent.

3. Wear comfortable non-slip shoes as some areas have lots of leaves, roots and stones, safety is important.

4. Read up on Bukit Brown before going so you have a better understanding of the place
(websites below)

5. Bring water, light snacks, rain gear/umbrella, a sunhat and waterproof your electronics and delicates.

6. Do go to the toilet before.... there are NO facilities anywhere there or nearby.

Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.

Directions to the cemetery entrance gate by MRT and Bus :

From North - Go to Marymount MRT and walk to bus-stop #53019 along Upper Thomson Road. Take Buses 52, 74, 165, 852, 855
Alight 6 stops later at bus-stop, #41149, opposite Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you see Lorong Halwa.

From South - Go to Botanic Gardens MRT and walk to bus-stop #41121 at Adam Road, in front of Singapore Bible College. Take Buses 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855
Alight 2 stops later at bus-stop, #41141, before Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Cross the bridge and walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you see Lorong Halwa.

For general travel directions, go to
http://gothere.sg/maps

Detailed directions and photos can be found at
http://leonefabre.blogspot.com/2011/07/walk-thru-bukit-brown.html


Nature Society (Singapore) supports local efforts in the conservation of Bukit Brown Cemetery. Find out more about our reasons for conserving it by downloading our position paper here

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