It is widely known that Singapore is a ‘Garden City’, which was a vision introduced by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1967 to transform Singapore into a country with many lust greenery. Despite Singapore’s small size and a city-state, we do have natural enclaves that visitors can visit to get a breather and maybe, escape from the hustle and bustle of life.
1. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is located at the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill. Though it is a small area of about 400 acres, it is home to many species of flowering plants and fauna. You can also spot animals in the nature reserve such as the crab-eating macaque, and exotic species of birds such as a greater racket-tailed drongo, Asian fairy bluebird and the red-crowned barbet. There are a few hiking trails in this reserve, and it is a good place to go with family and friends alike.
2. Chek Jawa wetlands
Chek Jawa wetlands (also known as Tanjong Chek Jawa) is a 100-hectare wetlands that is located in Pulau Ubin, a small island located away from the main island-state of Singapore. There are several ecosystems that are present in this wetland – sandy beach, rocky beach, seagrass lagoon, coral rubble, mangroves and coastal forest.
3. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
A nature reserve where you can see many interesting species of birds and nature is Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. This is where many avid bird watchers go to as this is part of the route for migratory birds. Apart from birds, there are many other wildlife that can be seen such as crabs, mudskippers and mud lobsters.
Despite being a ‘concrete jungle’, Singapore does have places where people can go to, to experience nature and escape from the busy city life. Efforts have also been made by the government to maintain these places so that Singapore would not lose its natural environment and heritage to development.
By Tan LiJia Gloria, ASEAN Correspondent from Singapore