Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore
MacRitchie Reservoir Park serves as a gateway to the nature reserves. It has become a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. It is also a great place for morning and evening walks or strolls along the water's edge.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park now boasts a green two-storey carpark with 300 parking lots. Its upper deck collects rainwater and channels them into a bioswale. Bioswales are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water.
Best known for its tallest hill, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve also contains pockets of hill dipterocarp forest, not found anywhere else in Singapore. For a reserve of only 0.2% of our country's total area or 163 hectares, it is amazingly rich in biodiversity with about 40% of the nation's flora and fauna. Find the Seraya (Shorea curtisii), a large tree that is a flagship species here, or spot the rare Mock Durian (Neesia synandra) which has inedible fruit that look like a durian. Rare fauna like the Forest Praying Mantis and the Singapore Freshwater Crab are denizens of the reserve, together with other animals like the pangolin, Horsfield's Flying Squirrel and Colugo.
As you trek within Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, you can journey back in time to the days before Sir Stamford Raffles arrived, when much of the island was covered with lowland, tropical forest. Though much of Singapore's original vegetation had been cleared for logging and cultivation, the forest at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has remained relatively undisturbed. Likewise, patches of primary rainforest can be seen around the MacRitchie area and Nee Soon Swamp at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR) is a rainforest reserve covering 200 acres of land area.
You can hike through the jungle along well paved trails. The first few hundreds steps are very steep climb up the hill. Do dress in something like and bring some drinking water.
During your hike, you will see the insects and animal and flora and fauna that inhibits this rainforest.
When you climb to the summit of the BTNR, you will find a rock that tells you the height you are standing at.