may I add in to Stephen's remarks ...
From: Stephen Greenfield & Kit Hansen <>
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 1998 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: RFI Singapore
>At 03:53 PM 5/25/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>I'm planning a 2-day stopover in Singapore on my way back from China in
>>August. Any information on birding spots, field guides and reasonable
>>accommodation would be most welcome...
>I believe the major birding spots are the forest remnant in the center of
>the island that is protected for water catchment (Bukit Timah) and the
>mangrove reserve at Sungei Buloh. (I had one day birding there last month
>and went to the latter.) There are also a couple of minor mangrove and
>marshy and beach areas mentioned in the book "A Photographic Guide to the
>Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore" by Strange and Jeyarajasingam
>[ISBN 981 00 32900]. For a field guide, I just have King et al.'s SE Asia
>guide, whch is old but more than adequate. I believe there are other books
>about Singapore that you can buy in the Singapore airport (what CAN'T you
>buy in the Singapore airport??)
There are a couple more locally published books. Off hand I can remember
BIRDS - An Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Singapore
by Lim Kim Seng and Dana Gardner
If you should go to Bukit Timah Forest Reserve, there is a Nature Shop,
called Nature's Niche, which stocks many books. You will be able to pick
them up from there.
You can reach this shop via email:
The owner, Ms Ng Bee-Choo, is also a keen birdwatcher.
>For Sungei Buloh, take the MRT to Kranji (N18) and then the TIBS bus 925.
>Unfortunately, it only stops at the reserve entrance on Sundays and
>holidays, other days "alight at the Kranjo carpark." (I don't know how far
>that is.) Fo Bukit Timah, the "city guide" says to take the TIBS bus 171
>or 182 from the Newton MRT stop (N4) to the BT National Park. But there is
>more forest across the highway between the reservoirs. It might be worth
>taking a cab (the only thing that's cheap in Singapore).
There is a popular stretch of tracks in the catchment area between
MacRitchie Reservoir and Pierce Reservoir. You can enter this track via the
Adam Road entrance to the Country Club Golf Course (Sime Road) or via the
Country Club Road (from Upper Thomson Road).
There is also the Pulau (meaning island in Malay) Ubin, an island off Changi
Point (very close to the Changi Airport). You can take a bumboat across from
Changi Point jetty (S$1.50) to Pulau Ubin. On this island you can choose to
walk or even ride a mountain bike (S$4 per day). The island has less crowd
during the weekdays but boat crossings are less frequent then.
>I'll forward your request to a birder I met there. There's a professional
>guide, R. Subaraj (Bk 127, Tampines St. 11, #09-444, Singapore 1852;
>+65-787-7048, FAX - 4733).
I think you can try to reach him via his email:
>Write me directly if you need more info. Good luck,
>(P.S. We were both on the famous 27 Oct 96 pelagic.)
Victor Yue Seong Swee
34 Upper Cross St #15-168, Singapore 050034, SINGAPORE
Phone: +65 533-3177
Email: : URL: http://www.singnet.com.sg/~yuess
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