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Bukit Batok Nature Park

Description

Bukit Batok means 'Coughing Hills' in Malay. It got its name from its past as a site for granite quarrying. The quarry explosions in the hills made it sound like it was 'coughing'. This park was later developed in 1988 on the abandoned quarry site.

The Bukit Batok Nature Park (BBNP) has more to its history. During World War II, this site along Lorong Sesuai was chosen by the Japanese as a memorial for soldiers who died in battle and was called the Syonan Chureito. The original shrine has since been destroyed; leaving only two pillars and a flight of concrete steps leading to what is now the Mediacorp Transmission Centre. A plaque by the National Heritage Board lies at the foot of the stairs highlighting the significance of this site.

This 36-hectare park now consists of a secondary forest with a quarry pool at the foot of the hill and a small stream that leads from it. The walking trail leads one through the generating secondary forest with various plant species including many fruit trees from former settled areas. Most well-known of which is the Durian Tree (Durio sp.), which attract bats when flowering and park visitors when fruiting. Other interesting plants in BBNP include the Tree Ferns (Cyathea latebrosa) and Elephant Fern (Angiopteris evecta) which are known to be 'living fossils' as they have been around for millions of years and have evolved very little. The quarry pool now forms a lake hosting various fish species and freshwater turtles like the native Malayan Box Terrapin (Cuora amboinensis) and the introduced Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). The natural stream running through this park is another important habitat, home to many species of fish, frogs and invertebrates.

Visitors to the park can embark on an easy to moderate trek on the walking trail which has lookout points with a view of the quarry pool. The trail and the quarry pool are good places for bird-watching as well. This park is also a popular exercise spot for residents of the area.

Getting there

Bukit Batok Nature Park can be accessed by Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, Lorong Sesuai and by the Hillview Park Connector. Bus services to Bukit Batok East Avenue 6 are 61, 66, 157, 178, 852 and 985. The nearest MRT station is Bukit Batok. If you are driving, the carpark is situated along Bukit Batok East Avenue 2.

Other Resources

Baker, N. Bukit Batok Nature Park: a 200-million year oasis. http://www.ecologyasia.com/html-loc/bukit-batok.htm. (Accessed December 2011).

National Parks Board. Bukit Batok Nature Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=9&Itemid=73. (Accessed December 2011).

Tan, R. Bukit Batok Nature Park. http://www.wildsingapore.com/places/bbnp.htm. (Accessed December 2011).

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    Tan, M. K., R. W. J. Ngiam & M. R. B. Ismail (06 Mar 2012)

    The diversity of Orthoptera of urban parks in Singapore is inventorised. At least 61 species of Orthoptera were recorded from eight parks: Admiralty Park, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, Bukit Batok Nature Park, East Coast Park, Kent Ridge Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, and Sengkang Riverside Park.

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