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NParks to conduct guided walks across Eco-Link@BKE in November

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NParks to conduct guided walks across Eco-Link@BKE in November
Photo Credit: Landscape Architecture

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The Eco-Link@BKE is an ecological bridge that allows the wildlife inhabitants of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve to expand their habitat and improve the sustainability and vibrancy of both nature reserves.

Two years after its completion in 2013, the bridge is now opened to the public as a regionally unique opportunity to learn how an ecological bridge acts as a sustainable infrastructure - a necessary obligation to repay wildlife for civilisation's progress.

However, to ensure that the learning experience will not have a negative impact on the ecology, NParks, in conjunction with Clean and Green SG50, will be open up the bridge in two phases - an early sneak-peak window where 8 sessions with 20 slots will be scheduled from 21 November 2015 to 9 Janurary 2016 and a regular monthly guided walk schedule that will beginning in March 2016. More specifics about the regular monthly guided walks will be announced at a latter date.

In both cases, it seems NParks is very strict in minimizing the impact these guided tours have on the bridge. A strict advisory list had been created and it is highly encouraged that it be adhered to in respect of the bridge - this includes wearing non-brightly coloured clothes as well as sources of artificial smells such as perfume and insect repellent.

Eco-Link@BKE - a bird's eye view.

We bring you great news to end your Wednesday! Earlier today, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee announced that Eco-Link@BKE will be opened to the public for monthly guided walks starting in March 2016. The Eco-Link@BKE, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, is an ecological bridge that spans across the Bukit Timah Expressway, connecting Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Its main purpose is to restore the ecological connection between two nature reserves, allowing wildlife to expand their habitat, genetic pool and survival chances.During the walk, members of the public will learn about the types of animals that are dependent on the bridge and how they use it to find safe passage between nature reserves. The walks will also present interesting facts about both Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.Can’t wait till March 2016? You can always sign up for the sneak previews coming your way on 21 Nov 2015, 5 Dec 2015, 19 Dec 2015 and 9 Jan 2016. Registration opens at 10am on 8 Nov and is on a first come first serve basis at www.nparks.gov.sg/ecolink. Don’t miss it!

Posted by NParks - Let's Make Singapore Our Garden on Tuesday, November 3, 2015