The Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve is a wetland reserve located in the Northwestern part of Singapore between the two reservoirs, Sarimbun and Kranji. The Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve is Singapore's first wetland reserve. The Sungei Buloh Nature Park was opened to the public on December 6, 1993.Spreading over an area of 87 hectares; the Sungei Buloh Nature Park acquired the status of a nature reserve on 10th November 2001 under the Singapore National Parks Act. The Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve includes a mangrove area, fresh-water ponds, several hides and trails for watching both the migratory and resident birds, a center for the visitors and a car parking-area.
History of the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve shot into the limelight in the year 1986 after the Singapore Branch of the Malayan Nature Society made a fervent call to preserve the reserve.
The Sungai Buloh Nature Reserve was especially popular for its large and diverse species of birds, including migratory birds from faraway Siberia. The Government of Singapore paid heed to the suggestions made by the Malayan Nature Society resulting in the establishment of the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve. Goh Chok Tong, the Prime Minister of Singapore opened the Sungei Buloh Nature Park on December 6, 1993 and it acquired the status of a nature reserve on 10th November 2001 under the Singapore National Parks Act a move aimed at protecting the reserve from damage and destruction. On the 1st of January, 2002, the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve.
Flora and Fauna at the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Nature reserve is home to mangrove species but majority of these are exotic and native weeds and early successionals which can't be cultivated. Bambusa vulgaris, an exotic species of bamboo has been planted at the Park-gate. Creeping through the big trees are the climber plants like Derris trifoliate and Finlaysonia obovata.Rare and endangered species like the Cassine virburnifolia is seen here.The reserve is an excellent place where you can watch plenty of monitor lizards measuring about 2 meters, hunting of Archer fish at the time of high tides and flocks of migratory birds during the winter months. Malaysian Otters have been spotted in this reserve. A rookery of grey and purple herons at the island located to the east of the mangrove arboretum offers a fascinating spectacle of the birds feeding the little chicks or nesting at different seasons of the year.
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