One of the many reasons to love Singapore, is their commitment to creating a green urban landscape. With the the recent opening of places like Coney Island Park and Kranji Marshes the public can enjoy rustic spaces to commune with nature. The Eco-Link @ BKE is slightly different in that their is very limited public access but it’s arguably, an even more important step at conserving Singapore’s natural surroundings.
What is it?
The Eco-Link @ BKE is essentially a bridge for wildlife to cross from the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. These protected habitats were once one continuous rainforest until the construction of the Bukit Timah Expressway. The hourglass shaped bridge is now covered in forest, greenery and the flora and fauna native to the original rainforest.
Why is it important?
When the BKE split the two nature reserves, there was growing concern of genetic isolation of the wildlife in the area. The bridge allows wildlife to expand their habitat, mating and genetic pool, and their survival chances. The project is the culmination of close collaboration between nature groups, tertiary institutions and government agencies, the National Parks Board and the Land Transport Authority with the express purpose of conservation.
Because human scent will potentially scare the animals and interfere in creating a free space for them to roam, the area is not generally open to the public. However, guided walking tour may occasionally take place.
To learn more and see animals in making use of the new bridge, watch this.
By Kathleen Siddell, February 2016
Photo: Eco-Link@BKE website