Contrary to perceptions that the Brownie volunteers of Bukit Brown spend all their time at the cemetery, the reality is we are often exploring or chasing – either individually and sometimes ( when we can co-ordinate our busy schedules) as a community – other heritage and nature trails (before they are decimated by development)
A sunny Sunday morning saw an opportunity to explore a charming, idyllic stream, embraced in nature’s natural air conditioning right smack in the forested area known as Lentor (Tagore) Forest of Teachers Estate. Our guide was Leong Kwok Peng of Nature Society of Singapore (NSS).
Here are some photos of that morning, where some “frolicked” and others explored or at times did both. We all came out came out refreshed and also sad that we are in imminent danger of this intimate stream being “canalised” in concrete or buried over in development plans.
Join the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) FB group here and you can find more photos on the stream and its environs.
The NSS wrote a position paper proposing a phased development of the area leaving the streams untouched. Their rationale was quite simple, since not all the land was needed urgently :
“We leave a valuable stretch of forest as a land-bank with its ecological and biodiversity values for future generations to decide as to whether they want to preserve it or to exploit it for other uses. Tastes and needs can vary and differ from generation to generation. What is of no value today may be in great demand for a future generation. People, whether in the immediate or far future, may appreciate natural greenery and its wildlife more as these become rare or scarce —- apart from what is already there in our limited protected nature areas.”
To that we say, hear, hear and Amen. Please help to spread the word to your MPs!
You can read more about the position paper which can be downloaded here
Join Beng Tang on a guided walk of Bukit Brown cemetery and learn more about the edible fruits and vegetables that you can find there.
During the Japanese occupation of Singapore, the Japanese kept the rice to feed their armies so the civilians of Singapore survived on tapioca, sweet potato and yam. Come on a tour of Bukit Brown to see some of these plants and others that can be eaten.
This guided walk starts at 09.00am and ends at 12.00pm
Meeting Point: Bukit Brown entrance gates at Lorong Halwa
Difficulty: Average, some trekking required
Please bring umbrella or poncho / sun block / mosquito repellent.
Please wear covered footwear.
Please note: Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)
Meeting point is within the cemetery, just beyond the gates of Bukit Brown as you enter on the left where the site offices are located.
Please register at Peatix.
Places available are capped at 30 for better engagement.
31 October 2013
Bukit Brown is home to some 90 species of resident and migrant birds. These photos by Goh Yew Lin, capture some of the birds feeding in the early morning. The “wild fruits” are the ripe figs of Ficus benjamina (Waringin, Weeping Fig). This strangling Ficus species is one of keystone tree species in Bukit Brown. Whenever these trees are figging, the birds go gaga over the fruit feast.
Spotted on the 16th June Sunday Heritage Tour by brownie Steven Toong, in Hill 4, a beautiful python.
On behalf of these sentient creatures, we reproduce this eye-witness account and plea for the lives of the wild dogs of Bukit Brown:
She had left her pack, maybe in search of food, maybe in search of a better life.. Or maybe she was just lost.
The poor dogs in bukit brown are all painfully thin. This girl ate up all the kibbles we gave her. Maybe it was good karma in her previous life, but she will never have to suffer the daily pain and agony which her pack has suffered; the painful hunger of never having enough to eat, or the terrible life of being witch hunted everyday of her existence.”
~ Dr Siew Tuck Wah
Clouded monitor lizard (possibly Varanus bengalensis nebulosus) on tembusu tree, Bukit Brown. Spotted by Lai Chee Kien with the help of Angie Ng.
Strike a pose!
Snap shots of butterflies at Bukit Brown courtesy of Victor Yue and EiLeen Ong. There is a Chinese belief that butterflies at cemetery are signs ancestors are around and happy for the company.
More information on butterflies spotted in Singapore can be found by joining this group Butterflies of Singapore and Malaysia
On Sunday 26 August, Nature Society of Singapore led a bird watching walk through Bukit Brown. Thanks to Cuifen, NSS member for compiling this album on highlights from the wal kwith additional photos from her fellow bird watcher, Leng Leng. Enjoy!
Birds, Flowers and More – this shows you not only the real birds and flowers but the tomb decorations depicting birds and flowers
Here’s a look at a pangolin
FOR PREVIOUS NSS WALKS:
A Nature Ramble – this helps identify some plants at Bukit Brown
Beyond Grave Matters – this is a beautifully written commentary and event report by Rosalind Tan, whose ancestors lie at Bukit Brown
Photo essay by Suki Singh
A staring incident…?
Might be more than he can chew….
This looks like a good place to nest, this pigeon seems to think …
Not so fast, says the mynah.
The glossy starlings move in too….
The glossy starling gets argumentative with the mynahs.
Suki is an avid photographer and the honorary Sikh guard among the volunteers of Bukit Brown, affectionately known as Brownies.