National Parks Board (NParks) has announced that a new Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network, including Lim Chu Kang Nature Park, will be established in the northwestern coast of Singapore to help protect its core habitats and the biodiversity of the area.
Establishment of Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network
The Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network will cover over 400 hectares, triple the size of the Wetland Reserve. Once ready, there will be more than 15 km of trails for people to explore and experience nature around the northwestern coast of Singapore.
This is part of NPark’s efforts to transform Singapore into a City in Nature by expanding the country’s natural capital.
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Lim Chu Kang Nature Park
As part of the green network, a new nature park, Lim Chu Kang Nature Park, will be established to the west of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
The 18-hectare park will serve as a nature corridor for the public to visit the Lim Chu Kang mangroves and other habitats such as woodlands, scrublands and grasslands in the area.
Lim Chu Kang Nature Park is also envisaged to include outdoor nature-play spaces inspired by the park’s habitats and inhabitants for children and youth.
A landmark within Lim Chu Kang Nature Park will be Cashin House, a colonial-era bungalow. The current structure will be refurbished to include an exhibition area, seminar rooms and a seaview terrace.
Lim Chu Kang Nature Park is expected to be ready in early 2022.
Kranji Coastal Nature Park and Mandai Mangrove & Mudflat Nature Park
To the east of Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, the previous Eastern extension has been renamed as Kranji Coastal Nature Park. It will be connected via a green corridor to Kranji Marshes.
Also part of the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network is the upcoming Mandai Mangrove & Mudflat Nature Park. Due to be completed end 2022, this nature park is around three km away from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and a stopover point for migratory birds.
There will also be additional nature buffer zones south of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve but these will be off limits to the public.
Protecting the Area’s Biodiversity
The establishment of the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network serves to help protect the Wetland Reserve and its habitats.
Singapore’s northwestern wetlands serve as an important rest stop for migratory birds like the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. A total of 279 species of birds have been recorded at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and its surrounding areas.
With the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network and opening of the new nature parks in 2022, we can look forward to more green spaces to enjoy in the years to come.