Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Southern Ridges

Description

The Southern Ridges consists of 9 km of hills and is now part of the Park Connector Network (PCN), with walking trails stretching from Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park and ending with Kent Ridge Park. The PCN is a green network currently being developed to link up many of the parks and nature spots in Singapore, with the aim to provide recreational space for the public as well as reducing the effects of fragmentation. The Southern Ridges walk was opened to public in 2008. With splendid architectures along the way such as the Henderson Waves bridge, the Alexandra Arch bridge, and Kent Ridge Canopy Walk, the Southern Ridges is one of the most popular walking trails in the PCN.

Beginning from the Marang Trail at the bottom of Mount Faber, one can find common secondary forest plants and wildlife as one treks uphill towards the connecting Faber Walk and until Kent Ridge Park. This includes trees like Angsana (Pterocarpus indicus), Saga (Adenanthera pavonina), and the dominant Tiup-tiup (Adinandra dumosa) which forms the Adinandra belukar. Other animal life that can be spotted include the Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor), Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja), Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala), and Common Sun Skink (Eutropis multifasciatus). If one wishes to have a close encounter with wildlife at the forest canopies at eye-level, the Forest Walk and the Canopy Walk are stretches which probably house a greater diversity of flora and fauna. Kent Ridge Park also holds a record for the highest number of dragonfly species in Singapore.

Getting there

The walking trails have multiple points of entries and exits, particularly at the parks along the route (Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park and Kent Ridge Park). Visitors can opt to enter and exit at various points to visit these parks.

Other Resources

National Parks Board. The Southern Ridges. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?Itemid=73&id=62&option=com_visitorsguide&task=attractions. (Accessed December 2011).

References

Philips, N., M. Chang & P. K. Koh, 2011. Park Connector Network- A Case Study of Inter-Agency Collaboration. Pp. 154–155. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

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