Cleared Kranji woodlands a key connector for animals: Experts

Aerial photos of the Kranji woodland area taken in May 2019 (left) and this month, which shows just a narrow strip of trees near the rail corridor, with much of the site cleared, to the consternation of nature groups. Two plots of forested land that
Two plots of forested land that were cleared in Kranji Road. Dr Shawn Lum, president of Nature Society (Singapore), said the woodland area is part of a conduit which transitions as a habitat for forest-dependent species to mangrove-dependent species, while Animal Concerns Research and Education Society deputy chief executive Anbarasi Boopal said there was a high chance that pangolins used the area.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Aerial photos of the Kranji woodland area taken in May 2019 (left) and this month, which shows just a narrow strip of trees near the rail corridor, with much of the site cleared, to the consternation of nature groups. Two plots of forested land that
Aerial photos of the Kranji woodland area taken in May 2019 (above) and this month, which shows just a narrow strip of trees near the rail corridor, with much of the site cleared, to the consternation of nature groups. PHOTO: BRICE LI
Aerial photos of the Kranji woodland area taken in May 2019 (left) and this month, which shows just a narrow strip of trees near the rail corridor, with much of the site cleared, to the consternation of nature groups. Two plots of forested land that
Aerial photos of the Kranji woodland area taken in May 2019 and this month, which shows just a narrow strip of trees near the rail corridor, with much of the site cleared, to the consternation of nature groups. PHOTO: BRICE LI

The Kranji woodland area along the rail corridor that had large swathes mistakenly cleared from it is of strategic importance as a connector for animals to reach other areas, said nature experts.

Some endangered and rare species that have been sighted in the area include the crested serpent eagle, Malayan box turtle and even the pangolin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2021, with the headline 'Cleared Kranji woodlands a key connector for animals: Experts'. Subscribe