Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Hindhede Nature Park

Description

Hindhede Nature Park is located next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and can be easily accessed from the latter's visitor centre at the end of Hindhede Drive. The park was opened in 2001 to provide easy forest trails for families with young children and for the elderly.

The main attraction of the park is the view of Hindhede Quarry, located at the end of the park. Composed mainly of granite, Bukit Timah Hill was once an active quarrying site in the mid-1900s. The abandoned quarry was later developed into Hindhede Nature Park by National Parks Board. Adventurous rock climbers have also made use of the disused quarry for their activities.

This park is an excellent spot for birdwatching and some of the bird species that have been spotted here include the  Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceus), Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus), Collared Scops Owl (Otus lempiji), Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida), and Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki). Besides birds, visitors encounter other fauna such as Clouded Monitor Lizard (Varanus nebulosus), Plaintain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus), Many-lined Sun Skink (Eutropis multifasciata) and Four-lined Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax).

Getting there

Visitors can reach Hindhede Nature Park by bus services 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852 and 961. Alight along Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Beauty World Centre, or along Jalan Anak Bukit, opposite Courts furniture store, and walk to the end of Hindhede Drive.

Other Resources

National Heritage Board. 2009. Hindhede Nature Reserve. http://heritagetrails.sg/content/190/Hindhede_Nature_Reserve.html. (Accessed October2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Hindhede Nature Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=naturereserves&id=47&Itemid=75. (Accessed October2012).

References

Chow, A. and A. Low, 2009. Bird Report, January 2009. Singapore Avifauna, 23(1): 1-17.

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