NParks to build 'homes' on Pulau Ubin for bats, birds and other creatures

NParks will also be installing floating wetland units (artist's impression pictured) at the Pekan Quarry on Pulau Ubin. -- PHOTO: MNDSINGAPORE.WORDPRESS.COM
NParks will also be installing floating wetland units (artist's impression pictured) at the Pekan Quarry on Pulau Ubin. -- PHOTO: MNDSINGAPORE.WORDPRESS.COM
The National Parks Board (NParks) will be installing bat houses for the Lesser False Vampire Bat (left) and the Ashy Roundleaf Bat (right) on Pulau Ubin. -- PHOTO: NPARKS
The National Parks Board (NParks) will be installing bat houses for the Lesser False Vampire Bat (left) and the Ashy Roundleaf Bat (right) on Pulau Ubin. -- PHOTO: NPARKS

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of National Development is concerned not just with housing Singaporeans, but also other rarer species.

The National Parks Board (NParks) will be installing bat houses and other "homes" for animals on Pulau Ubin, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan revealed on the Ministry's official blog on Sunday (June 14).

"Singaporeans love Pulau Ubin for its lush greenery, rustic landscape and laid-back charm. Animals are fond of Ubin too," he wrote on a blog entry titled "Ubin is for all".

The bat houses are meant for two species to roost in: the Ashy Roundleaf Bat, a native of Ubin, and the Lesser False Vampire Bat, which is found only in Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.

"We are also making provisions to encourage nesting for three uncommon bird species - the Red-wattled Lapwing, the Baya Weaver and the Blue-throated Bee-eater," he added.

NParks will also be installing floating wetland units at the Pekan Quarry.

Other resident species including herons, crakes, rails, kingfishers, dragonflies, and frogs will benefit from the programmes as they can look forward to more nesting and roosting sites, Mr Khaw said.

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