Published 22 April 2015 ● Last Updated on 27 October 2016
Did you know that there are 17 reservoirs, 4 nature reserves and over 300 parks across Singapore that preserve the island’s natural beauty? There are more than 1.3 million trees here, making nearly 50% of the island green and earning Singapore the name of ‘City in a Garden’, a vision put forward by the late Mr.Lee Kuan Yew. So, why not take a walk along one of Singapore’s nature reserves this coming weekend to commemorate Earth Day and experience its bio-diversity. While you are at it, try your best to observe some of the traditions of Earth day – pick up roadside trash if you spot it, definitely do not be the cause of any such trash, and use eco-friendly and reusable containers for your munchies when you go for that walk!
Here are the answers to the quiz we posted on the various Secondsguru social media platforms…so brace up, its time to check if you are a nature whiz kid, a green warrior, a budding seed or, ahem, something-that-must-not-be-named!
Most Common Bird in Singapore– The Javan Mynah
Originally brought into Singapore as a pet bird in the 1920s, the Javan Mynah has since established itself as the most abundant bird species in Singapore, which is home to more than 300 species of birds.
Most common Flower in Singapore– Bouganvillea
Spectacular Bougainvillea of different varieties have been cultivated and used in landscaping Singapore because it is one of the few plants that flowers all year in the local hot and humid weather conditions.
Singapore’s Highest Natural Point- Bukit Timah Hill
The Bukit Timah Hill stands at 163.63 meters (537 ft.) above sea-level and is located within the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which contains more species of trees than the entire North American continent!
Most popular Fruit in Singapore– Durian
Touted as the “King of Fruits”, Durian is very popular among the local residents of Singapore and also unwelcome in most public spaces because of its unbearable smell.
The biggest nature reserve in Singapore -The Central Catchment Nature Reserve
The Central Catchment Nature Reserve covers an area of 3043 hectares and includes five reservoirs – MacRitchie, Upper Seletar, Lower Seletar, Upper Peirce and Lower Peirce reservoirs.
Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park– Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Sungei Buloh opened as a Nature Park in 1993. This ecological jewel is an extensive mangrove forest and a recognised site of international importance for migratory birds.
[Arti is the in-house marketing wiz at Secondsguru. She has a passion for all things vintage and a flair for cooking!]