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Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk with NUS Toddycats, Sat 11th and Sun 12th February 2023

NUS Toddycats are pleased to invite you to the Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk! 

The account of the heroic defence of the ridge by the Malay Regiment in World War 2 by Dol Ramli left such a strong impression on us that we decide to share the story in 2002. Annually since, we commemorate the Battle of Pasir Panjang which took place from the western end of NUS to hill 226 where the Reflections at Bukit Chandu now stands. Read this account by Kenneth Pinto from 2011.

BPP Walk Route

It is a shorter walk that we conduct this year, as we did last year, which begins at The Gap which you can access from Kent Ridge MRT station. The walk still ends at Reflections at Bukit Chandu which has Pasir Panjang MRT nearby at the bottom of the hill.

The guides, Kok Oi Yee, Stella Wee, Kenneth Pinto, Airani S and Otterman will also introduce aspects of the geography, history, flora and fauna of the area which drew every natural history student in NUS to explore the ridge over the decades.

All are welcome, just register for these time slots (15 pax/slot):

  • Sat, 11 February 2023, 08:00 – 11:00 [link
  • Sat, 11 February 2023, 08:15 – 11:15 [link]
  • Sun, 12 February 2023, 08:00 – 11:00 [link]
  • Sun, 12 February 2023, 08:15 – 11:15 [link]

Kok Oi Yee at BPP 2019

We look forward to your company!

Instagram posts from the day: Start of walk | End of talk 


Join us on a Saturday morning, at our final three habitat enrichment sessions in celebration of SBWR’s 29th Anniversary!

In collaboration with NParks’ Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve management, NUS Toddycats and friends have helped to grow a coastal forest at Kranji Coastal Nature Park. The habitat enrichment programme which involves soil preparation, planting and sapling protection (SPA) has been conducted over these past two years, and now is in a fortnightly cycle. 

Before our upcoming break in Jan 2023 for Chinese New Year, we are conducting three more sessions this year, in celebration of SBWR’s 29th Anniversary, and everyone is invited to join us at these sessions:

  • Sat 26th Nov 2022: 8.00am – 10.00am: Sapling Protection Action [Link]
  • Sat 3rd Dec 2022: 8.00am – 10.00am: Soil Prep and Tree Planting [Link]
  • Sat 17th Dec 2022: 8.00am – 10.00am: Soil Prep and Tree Planting [Link]

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email, and instructions about preparation.

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The programmes and events of the 22-year old NUS Toddycats programme (video booth for the Festival of Biodiversity 2021)

The slide deck was screened at the NUS Toddycats booth at the Festival of Biodiversity, 25 & 26 Sep 2021. It summarises the programmes and events of the 22-year old nature and environment group. Read about NUS Toddycats at

Thanks to Airani, Shirlene, Weiting & Otterman!

What have NUS Toddycats been up to? Mangrove cleanups, habitat enhancement, workshops and talks!

What have NUS Toddycats been up to? We’ve been busy with 20 small group or online events over these past three months!

In the second quarter of Jul – Sep 2021, we were online until distancing measures eased to allow field work in groups of five. Then  we could resumed small group action. And so, over the three months, we conducted:

  • three mangrove cleanups at Lim Chu Kang,
  • five habitat enhancement events at Kranji Coastal Nature Park,
  • four workshops on biodiversity and marine debris,
  • seven talks/panel sessions online and
  • we will be at the Festival of Biodiversity alongside other nature groups this weekend!



We formed a member’s Telegram channel for notification of events as field events have limited spaces, so are advertising less publicly. To get involved, join us!

For a visual impression of what w get up to, see #nustoddyats on Instagram. Visit our Facebook page at for news of events by us and our friends too!


Festival of Biodiversity 25 & 26 September 2021 @ SBG!

The Festival of Biodiversity is anchored by a physical exhibition et up at the Botany Center in Singapore Botany Gardens (at the Tanglin entrance), and is a good way to learn about the various nature programmes offered by National Parks Boards and nature groups who are part of the Biodiversity Roundtable. 

NUS Toddycats is a founding member for this festival which was first launched in 2012, and we will set up a static booth there for the weekend.  It will be unmanned due to pandemic mitigation but will be part of a series of informative booths to learn about nature programmes in Singapore. Screenshot 1839