Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Venus Drive

Description

Venus Drive is located in the Upper Thomson District. Venus Drive marks the starting point of a route that leads to the Tree Top Walk. It is often seen as a means of getting to the heart of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the Tree Top Walk, rather than being an attraction itself. However, this spot has been observed to have a rich biodiversity and has been attracting many migratory birds such as Oriental Dwarf-Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca erithaca) and Ferruginous Flycatcher (Muscicapa ferruginea) as well as resident birds including Red-crowned Barbet (Megalaima rafflesii), Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata) and White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis). Other wildlife such as Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) and Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) have also been spotted here. Venus Drive is also teeming with a variety of insects and spiders.

Along the trail, visitors will pass through rural areas and scrubland with lots of ornamentals and naturalised plant species including Cordylines (Cordyline fruticosa), African Tulips (Spathodea campanulata), Rubber Trees (Hevea brasiliensis) and various rattans. There is also a freshwater stream running along Venus Drive and it is home to several dragonflies including Red-tailed Sprite Damselfly (Teinobasis ruficollis), Sapphire Flutterer Dragonfly (Rhyothemis triangularis), the rare Lesser Stream Cruiser Dragonfly (Macromia cydippe).


Getting there

Visitors can take bus services 132, 163, 165, 166, 167, 855 and 980, alighting along Upper Thomson Road; or bus services 52, 162, 410 and 588, alighting along Sin Ming Avenue. It is a short walk to Venus Drive from either bus stop.

Other Resources

Bird Ecology Study Group. Bird Ecology Study Group. http://www.besgroup.org/. (Accessed November 2012).

National Parks Board. A guide to walking trail at TreeTop Walk. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/diy_guide/TreeTop_Walk_eguide_LRes.pdf. (Accessed November 2012).

Quek, A. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Singapore. http://singaporeodonata.wordpress.com/. (Accessed November 2012).

References

Yong, D. L., 2009. Bird Report: November 2009. Singapore Avifauna, 23(11): 1-15.

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