Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Lorong Halus

Description

Lorong Halus, a road off the Tampines Expressway, refers also to the area around the road in the north-eastern part of Singapore. Since 1970, the 234-ha land served as a landfill where Singapore's wastes were dumped but it was officially shut down in 1999, as landfill operations were substituted by the new offshore landfill at Semakau Landfill. Since its shutdown, the area has been left untouched, providing an open country habitat as more wildlife are seen inhabiting it. It has also become a spot that birdwatchers frequent.

Today, a portion of the unused plot of land on the eastern side of Serangoon River has been converted into a wetland (Lorong Halus Wetland). The Lorong Halus Wetland was offically opened by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on 5 March 2011. This wetland was conceived under the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to function as a site for biodiversity, recreation and education. In addition, the wetland is part of a bio-remediation system that treats water flowing into  the Serangoon Reservoir.

This new wetland provides an attractive habitat for organisms ranging from dragonflies and butterflies to larger wildlife such as open country and wetland birds. Some birds that can be observed here include the Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata), Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus), Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) as well as Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes).

Getting there

One has to board the Punggol LRT and alight at Riviera station. You can also go to the station via bus services 3, 83, 85, and 569. From there, walk to the Punggol Promenade Visitor Centre, then walk northwards along the Serangoon River and finally cross a pedestrian bridge to get to Lorong Halus Wetland. Driving is another option. One can drive via Lorong Halus or Pasir Ris Farmway 3 to reach Lorong Halus Wetland (located at Pasir Ris Drive 12).

Other Resources

Urban Redevelopment Authority. News Releases. http://www.ura.gov.sg/pr/text/2011/pr11-25.html. (Accessed December 2011).

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