New eco trail opens at Dairy Farm Nature Park

Visitors to Dairy Farm Nature Park will now be able to enjoy a new eco trail. The 5km route, unveiled yesterday, is one of 10 new North West Eco Trails developed and launched by the North West Community Development Council, in partnership with the Singapore Environment Council (SEC).

The 10 routes will cover a distance of almost 30km and be located in places such as Admiralty Park, Yishun Pond Park and Lower Peirce Reservoir Park.

The eco trail at Dairy Farm Nature Park will lead visitors to the former Singapore Quarry, which has been transformed into a wetland habitat, where they can look out for different species of dragonflies, many of which are rare.

Also along the trail is the Wallace Education Centre, named after British naturalist Alfred Wallace to honour his contributions to natural science. The centre shows visitors the history of Dairy Farm Nature Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

The Yishun Pond Park eco trail has South-east Asian rainforest tree species which can live up to 1,000 years and grow up to 80m.

Dr Teo Ho Pin, MP for Bukit Panjang, launched North West Eco Trails at Dairy Farm Nature Park, along with about 100 community residents, yesterday. They took a guided walk along the eco trail and saw fauna such as the black-naped oriole.

Mr Edwin Seah, executive director of the SEC, said: "Through the North West Eco Trails, residents can now explore these green spaces with ease, improve their health and learn to appreciate and conserve Singapore's biodiversity at the same time."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2016, with the headline 'New eco trail opens at Dairy Farm Nature Park'. Print Edition | Subscribe