Expect more attractions for Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve by 2017

The mid-canopy walk at Sungei Buloh's new extension. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The mid-canopy walk at Sungei Buloh's new extension. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans can expect even more attractions at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in future even as it officially opened a 31 hectare (ha) extension on Saturday.

The 6.16ha western end of the reserve, which includes a currently disused colonial-era bungalow called Cashin House, will be improved in the next few years to become a learning area.

By 2017, nature trails will link the current reserve to the Cashin House, which could serve as a facility for organised groups, researchers and volunteers.

"Nature appreciation of coastal habitats, education and outreach will take centre stage" there, said the National Parks Board (NParks).

The agency has also started work to enhance the nearby, 56ha Kranji Marshes as a natural habitat and enable people to enjoy the flora and fauna there. This includes clearing the ponds of weed so that marshbirds will use the area, replanting vegetation, and building shelters and trails. The works are expected to be completed by mid-2016.

Outlining these plans and opening the Sungei Buloh reserve's extension on Saturday, Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said: "Sungei Buloh is a unique place not just for birds, but also for us - city dwellers - who need a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. I am confident that all Singaporeans will continue to conserve and nurture Sungei Buloh as a nature sanctuary we have all grown to love."

The 31ha extension include new guided walks, a mid-canopy walk through the understory of a secondary forest, a coastal boardwalk and more.