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Sun 18 Feb 2007

MacRitchie to Bukit Timah today

Category : Singapore Naturalist

I took Dan Ritschoff's students from Duke University on a forest hike from MacRitchie to Bukit Timah using the original briskwalk route with some variations. Usually the MacRitchie Nature Trail is full of joggers and so we have avoided using it for a long time, using the southern MacRitchie trail instead, especially during the public walks in June.

Today, however, in the rare quiet that the Chinese New Year afforded us, we were able to enjoy the nature trail with its better forest. The students enjoyed the comfortable pace and the ambience as did some of the regular briskwalkers.

I peppered the walk with tropical forest ecology anecdotes - the usual stories, but several updates such as the last stand of the fig wasp, and we stopped to look at monkeys! We took an hour longer than the usual briskwalk pace, and the regulars who had come had eaten the breakfast and left by the time we reached the summit.

Earlier this year I did something similar with 28 Swedes from the Gotheborg and it worked very well. I have decided to adopt this method for the public walks in June as well, in order to introduce a few stores at specific junctions. This will allow us to regroup participants and allow them to learn a few critical things about forest conservation in Singapore.

They will still finish the walk reasonably early. Introducing the public to the ambience of the forest during a briskwalk is fine, but I have felt this to be inadequate in recent years, when we have so many critical issues to deal with. So the sooner more of us are clued in, the better.

Thanks to the Swedes and Americans for trying this out with me.

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