The new Eco-link@BKE is probably the coolest addition to Singapore, and one to be excited about most definitely.
Singapore’s urban population of 100% comes at a price, where many Singaporeans are not exposed to mother nature. Let’s face it, many are easily fascinated by greenery – even if it is just an empty patch of grassland.
But the world’s most expensive city is not all about skyscrapers – the government has been putting immense effort to promote green spaces and a recent bridge – the Eco-Link@BKE – has been constructed to promote biodiversity conservation.
Here are 5 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Singapore’s New Eco-Link@BKE. Most importantly, do note that you are prohibited to access the ecological infrastructure by yourself. To access the bridge, you will have to pre-register online for a guided walk by National Parks.
#1 LOCATION OF ECO-LINK@BKE BRIDGE
Spanning across Bukit Timah Expressway, the Eco-Link@BKE is an eco bridge that reconnects Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The two nature reserves have previously been split to give way to the Bukit Timah Expressway.
The exact location of the bridge is between BKE’s Dairy Farm exit and the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) exit.
#2 YOU CANNOT VISIT IT BY YOURSELF
Caution: Entering the Eco-Link@BKE by yourselves is strictly prohibited. Offenders who fail to adhere to this regulation will be issued a warning and subsequent fines. Bear in mind that there are cameras positioned along the bridge, so getting off scot-free will not be an easy feat.
The only way to access it is via a guided walking tour.
#3 THE PURPOSE OF ITS CONSTRUCTION
As mentioned previously, the primary purpose of the Eco-Link@BKE is to restore the connections of the two nature reserves’ biodiversities in a sustainable manner. Wildlife from both forests are encouraged to cross the bridge and the ideal long-term results would be the expansion of their habitats and survival chances.
Many native flora and fauna are subjected to extinction and it is hoped that the Eco-Link@BKE bridge will reduce the likelihood.
#4 THERE ARE MONTHLY GUIDED TOURS
There are currently two guided walking tours held on the following days: 21 Nov 2015, 5 Dec 2015, 19 Dec 2015 and 9 Jan 2016. After which, there will only be a monthly walking tour starting from March next year.
The 90-minute tour is free of charge, but interested participants have to register in advance via National Parks to secure a slot.
#5 THE ESSENTIAL DOS AND DON’TS
Visitors can do their best to minimise human disturbances to Eco-Link@BKE by avoiding bright-coloured apparels, insect repellant and sunblock lotion. The scent of sunscreen will deter animals from using the bridge and similarly, faunas tend to mistake vibrant colours as danger.
To protect yourself from potential insect bites, do wear long sleeves and pants.
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