The ‘Panda’ of Mangroves, Bruguiera hainesii, has been found in the mangroves of Pulau Tekong! Here's more by the person who found them, Koh Kwan Siong of NParks.
My Green Space Oct-Dec 2012 a newsletter of the National Parks Board.
In "Rare Findings at Pulau Tekong" by Koh Kwan Siong, we learn that the mangrove forest of Pulau Tekong is one of the largest remaining patches of mangroves in Singapore undisturbed by human activities. As such, boundless opportunities exist of meeting some of the ‘natives’ probably not found anywhere else in Singapore. Bruguiera hainesii is classified in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as critically endangered, with an approximate estimate of only 200 trees left in the world! He also found the ‘Banana’ Mangrove Kandelia candel, an important discovery as the last known young tree died in early 2011.
In "Chek Jawa: Where Children Become Eco-warriors" renowned author Neil Humphreys declares "Without a doubt, Chek Jawa is among my favourite family spots in Singapore. For my daughter, the protected wetlands on the southern-eastern tip of Pulau Ubin offered a journey of discovery into a country’s past. My little one had never encountered mangroves before, never peered down at coral rubble or stepped over a seagrass lagoon."
In "The Flight of the Dragonfly: Creating a Dragonfly Habitat at Ulu Pandan Park Connector" by Lois Yong, we learn that what happened when some NParks staff discovered that some fitness equipment along the Ulu Pandan Park Connector were deteriorating, with water also collecting in the sandpits so that mosquito breeding was an issue.
In "A Unique Weekend of Mud, Mudskippers and Snails" by Shirley Wong we learn that the mangrove forest at Pasir Ris Park is one of the few mangrove sites left in Singapore.
"Hornbills in the Lion City" by Geoffrey Davison and photographs by Wong Tuan Wah, reviews "Hornbills in the City: A Conservation Approach to Hornbill Study in Singapore" which tells the story of enterprise and resourcefulness, using basic equipment combined with modern technology such as video and computers. It follows the success of particular individuals amongst Singapore’s growing hornbill population, and sets the scene for next steps.
"A Peek into the ‘Wild’ Side of Singapore" by Geoffrey Davison reviews the soon-to-be launched "Wild Singapore" book. While some readers that might consider "Wild Singapore" to be a contradiction in terms, in truth, there really is a wild side to Singapore. The book is not just about NParks and the nature reserves; it covers the whole of Singapore’s natural heritage and attempts to bring it alive through engaging narrative and vivid photographs. Every major tropical habitat from forest to sea, from mangrove to freshwater, from secondary woodland to park/garden is covered in a separate chapter. More about the book on the wild shores of singapore blog.
Read these articles and more in the latest issue of My Green Space Oct-Dec 2012 a newsletter of the National Parks Board.