Siltation meets a clear stream – a problem at Venus Loop stream was observed by Toddycats during a Love MacRitchie tour in November 2013.
See the video by Heng Pei Yan
Toddycats’ Love MacRitchie guide took Grace Chua to explain the concerns and she investigated and wrote it up as an article.
“Miss Chloe Tan, a 24-year-old volunteer with nature group Toddycats, which has been conducting guided nature walks, said she had first noticed silt in the Upper Thomson stream early last month. The stream is home to 12 species of native frogs, including several endangered ones, as well as fish and dragonflies, and siltation would affect these creatures, she said.”
See “Two firms fined for silt-filled water discharge,” by Grace Chua. The Straits Times, 21 Nov 2013.
This issue had been raised to NParks earlier by Nature Society (Singapore)’s Tony O’Dempsey and here we see PUB will take action. With an article about the issue in the press, it will help others realise they can help too.
Feedback from the ground to relevant government agencies is of critical importance. There are various problems in our already highly-impacted nature reserves which we discussed during the last HOWL. We can contribute to improving the situation by observing, reporting and following up on action, like Toddycats did here.
Good job everyone.
The Love MacRitchie walks for NUS are two-hour Saturday morning walks conducted by Raffles Museum Toddycats for the NUS community. Enthusiastic guides will share with you stories about a variety of amazing plants and animals living in our precious forest heritage.
Register at: tinyurl.com/lovemacritchiewalks-nus
- Dates: Saturdays 19 Oct | 26 Oct | 02 Nov 2013
- Time: 8.30am – 11.30 am
- Meeting Point: Venus Drive Carpark
- (off Upper Thomson Road; map)
- Route: Venus Loop Forest Trail
- Maximum number of people per walk: 25
- Attire: Covered walking shoes, preferably long pants
- Bring: Water, insect repellent, cap/hat to protect you from the sun, poncho/umbrella in case of rain.
- DO NOT CARRY PLASTIC BAGS to avoid attracting monkeys.
See also Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm @ NUS LT25 – “Forget not our Living Forest” – botanist Joseph Lai unveils an entourage of enthralling forest denizens!
The walks and talk are part of the Love Our MacRitchie Forest movement.
Find out more at: lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/love-macritchie-walks
Originally posted on Otterman Speaks…
I am really pleased to present this talk to students and staff of NUS, and friends from all over Singapore. The naturalist who treads the forest frequently, often alone and always with patience and delight in the ambience will have its secrets gradually unveiled to them over time. A careful curation of stories and photos are sometimes shared with the public and we have stopped doing this frequently over time.
This is one such precious occasion – Joseph Lai has prepared a feast for our eyes with hundreds of colourful images and stories. A passionate and artistic speaker, immerse yourself in the wonder of this very special heritage we which we have left in Singapore still and prepare to be surprised.
Raffles Museum Toddycats & Cicada Tree Eco-Place are pleased to present this free public talk:
“Forget Not Our Living Forest” by Joseph Lai, botanist
Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 25, Faculty of Science, NUS (map)
All are welcome,
please register at:
About the talk
Timeless and priceless beyond imagination, our living forest lives and breathes for us, providing us with a green lung and enriching our lives with a vessel of flora and fauna that is so intricately diverse and rich. Forget Not Our Living Forest seeks to reconnect us with, and re-energise our appreciation for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, our natural heritage, set in the heart of our island.
Veteran botanist Joseph Lai will unravel the priceless denizens of the forest, carefully and painstakingly assembled from years of appreciative observations. Never before have you seen such an enthralling ensemble of forest denizens and feel the life of a living forest, uniquely near our doorstep in Singapore!
Thanks to Joseph Lai for use of the images.
For more information, visit http://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/forget-not-our-living-forest-talks
Originally posted on Otterman Speaks…
Dear Toddycats and Independents,
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this email. Please read this carefully and write me immediately if you have any questions; thanks!
We meet at 7.40am this Saturday
This Saturday, we will be meeting at Kranji Reservoir Car Park A at 7.40am (map attached) to be briefed and suited up for the work. I appreciate very much that you are waking up early on a Saturday for this!
We expect to finish by 12.00pm.
Transport is available from the following places/times:
- 7.00am – Dover MRT (westward, same side as polytechnic)
- 7.30am – Kranji MRT (bus stop adjacent to MRT)
- 12.00pm – Bus leaves for Kranji and Clementi MRT
Please let me know to expect you here: http://tinyurl.com/iccs-kranjieast-pickup
No heroics during the cleanup!
Kranji East is a tough site with difficult and limited access. Do be guided by your site captains. We will work carefully, and at a slow and steady rate. And we will leave the heavy bulky items behind.
Who we work with
We are about 50 in number and we will work with:
- FMC Technologies (20 volunteers)
- Jurong Secondary School (40)
- North Vista Secondary ODAC (35)
This is some 145 in all, a good balance between impact and effectiveness.
A hand with the trash!
We need to leave the trash near the road, so we will hire a pickup to transport trash bags from the Trash Collection Point (TCP) to the Trash Disposal Point (TDP; see map) – less back breaking work for us!
- Sleep early the night before and hydrate – for better performance, enjoyment of the morning and fewer mistakes.
- Set your alarm to wake up on time – we can’t wait for latecomers
- Have a decent breakfast – it will be a workout!
What to bring
- Covered shoes with hard soles – hard-soled booties are fine.
- Water bottle (more than one litre of water).
- Hat and/or sun block.
- Raincoat/ponco (we will carry on working in rain but stop for lightning or a heavy storm)
- Towel in a bag – to wipe off any sand and mud off you.
- Some water to wipe yourself down with, even with a water point in the vicinity.
- A change of t-shirt is a great relief after the sweaty workout.
- Pants to protect your legs from insect bites.
- Water-proof your belongings.
- 7.00am – Dover MRT
- 7.30am – Kranji MRT
- 7.40am – Meeting Point at Kranji Reservoir Car Park A
- Briefing, safety, wet weather plan, insect repellent application
- 8.00am – cleanup begins
- 8.30am – Loading and Weighing teams begin work
- 9.30am – Data collection ends – be responsive to Site Captains.
- Data consolidation
- Weighing at TCP until completed
- Trash moved from TCP to TDP – vehicle assisted.
- 11.00am – Cleanup ends; participants wipe down and wash up.
- 12.00pm – We all leave – a bus from the carpark will leave from Kranji MRT and Clementi MRT.
We are looking forward to working with and being inspired by you. Have a restful week everyone!
Sivasothi aka Otterman
with Joelle Lai (Organiser, Raffles Museum Toddycats) and Adriane Lee (Dy Zone Captain, North West Zone, ICCS)
Raffles Museum Toddycats
“Forget Not Our Living Forest”
By Joseph Lai, botanist
Thu 12 Sep 2013: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
At ecosystem, 3 Jalan Keledek, S(199259) – map
The talk is free, just register here.
About the talk – Timeless and priceless beyond imagination, our living forest lives and breathes for us, providing us with a green lung and enriching our lives with a vessel of flora and fauna that is so intricately diverse and rich.
Forget Not Our Living Forest seeks to reconnect us with, and re-energise our appreciation for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, our natural heritage, set in the heart of our island. Come meet our forest’s enthralling ensemble of forest denizens and feel the life of a living forest not far from our doorstep.
For more information, visit http://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com