Take a walk in MacRitchie forest and fall in love with nature

Basil Edward Teo Straits Times 1 Apr 16;

SINGAPORE - Mr David Tan has been visiting Singapore’s forests for over a decade now, but each time he enters the woods, the biologist discovers something new.

“Every time we come in, we see something unusual happening. Whether it's a bird is doing something unusual, or an unusual bird just showing up for some reason,” he said.

The 27-year-old is a volunteer with nature group Love Our MacRitchie Forest which conducts guided walks.

The group was formed in 2013 following the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) announcement of the new Cross Island Line. In the proposal, the train track would run under the MacRitchie forest.

Through guided walks every two weeks within MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the band of students, nature lovers and activists hopes to raise awareness of MacRitchie’s biodiversity.

The walks are popular and the group has been hitting its maximum cap of 30 participants per walk for its two trails , the Petai Trail and Venus Loop Trail. Walks are conducted only twice a month to limit impact on the trails.

The Straits Times joined one such walk on a Sunday morning.

Check here for upcoming walks.

Related links
Love our MacRitchie Forest: walks, talks and petition. Also on facebook.

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