Meeting BFF alumni for this years Biodiversity Challenge!

It’s encouraging to get support from alumni for the Biodiversity Challenge 2020 – we will roll this out in February.

Updates will be posted to the BFF webpage at

Are you a Nature Newbie who wants to contribute? Sign up with the Biodiversity Challenge 2019!


Empower: Attend the BFF Seminar & Workshop on Sat 23 Feb 2019 [sign up here: link]

Equip: Attend five curated field trips offered by mentors, log your experience in a field journal and attend a reflection session.

Engage: Attend a Festival of Biodiversity (FoB) 2019 preparation workshop (in May) and engage the public at FoB on 25 & 26 May 2019.

Enable: Conduct Acts of Nature to contribute towards Singapore as a more enlightened space for Human-Wildlife Coexistence.

From the Biodiversity Friends Forum team.

Free exhibition at SBG: “Beneath Tide, Running Forest” – an art and science exploration of Singapore’s marine biodiversity

“Beneath tide, Running forest” is an art and science exploration of Singapore’s marine biodiversity. Curated by Dr. Ruobing Wang, this is a group exhibition by four local artists: Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Shirly Koh, Henry Lee & Wang Ruobing.

Exhibition details: 24 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019: 9:00am – 6:00pm @ Singapore Botanic Gardens: CDL Green Gallery @ SBG Heritage Museum, free entry. For details, visit the NParks webpage.  

Catch artist Henry Lee live in action at the gallery from 2.00pm – 3.00pm on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Dec 2018

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Discover Pulau Ubin with the month-long Pesta Ubin 2018 with lots of free activities!

Pesta Ubin 2018From Pesta Ubin 2018 coordinators:

Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your interest and schedule [link]

Here’s some FREE activities that do NOT require registration. Just come to Ubin on Sunday morning.

  • 27 May (Sun): FREE Ubin Nature Walk with Strix Wildlife Consultancy, 9am-12noon [link]
  • 27 May (Sun): FREE Pesta Ubin Photo Booth, 9am-11am [link
  • 27 May (Sun): FREE Kampung Games at Teck Seng’s Place with U Cares Volunteers, 10am-2pm [link]
  • Ubin Town will also be full of activities as villagers prepare for the Tua Pek Kong Festival which starts 28 May (Mon) [link]
  • Activities on Sunday that require registration [link]

Join me for an exhilarating experience – plant a tree (or two) at Chestnut Nature Park, Sat 19 May 2018

The Friends of Chestnut Nature Park (FoC) are happy to invite you to wield a changkul and plant trees at Chestnut Nature Park!


Chestnut Nature Park is a green buffer to our precious green lung and biodiversity core, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. With active contribution by members of the wider community, Friends of Chestnut Nature Park hopes that Chestnut Nature Park will fulfil its potential both as nature reserve buffer and a vibrant and sustainable recreational space enjoyed by mountain bikers, hikers, heritage and nature lovers alike.

Besides, who doesn’t love to plant trees! The forest at Chestnut Nature Park is recovering from a history of use and this can take centuries. We hope to offer a boost to restoration and thanks to NParks, we have this wonderful opportunity to enhance the habitat!

We are happy to invite you to join us on this wonderful privilege!

Anyone can join us, just sign up at Eventbrite. – NParks portal shares details of trees in parks and streetscapes

The NParks’ portal launched today revealed the identify of the cluster of trees at the western end of the pond in Kent Ridge Park which we walked past during the Battle of Pasir Panjang Anniversary Walk. They turned out to be Calophyllum soulattri, a critically endangered (CR) species native to Singapore. [Thanks Ivan Chew for the head’s up this morning!]

A click of the species name calls up the relevant page in the NParks Flora & Fauna Web where more information is available about the plant.


Trees which are not along a public road may not be included as those may be privately managed and not in the main database. I looked up trees in NUS immediately but no joy – as yet. The portal does advise patience as there are subsequent phases.

Ohhh the pruning schedule is included! [Thanks Joys Tan for highlighting that!]

Screenshot 830 has an option to indicate if a tree is flowering, but I imagine Facebook or Instagram may still be an easier and quicker way for most to share information. It could be a supplemental tool for students are wondering about the identity of a tree a hornbill landed on, or if a tree has a wide enough tree trunk to tie a camera trap around to monitor roadkills.

Meanwhile, friends online have already come up with a wishlist to provide as feedback for future revisions to improve useability. For now, though, we’re really happy to be able to confirm identities and look up details of some of our carbon-sequestering friends in Singapore.

Fung Tze Kwan said on fb,

“I went to click a couple [of trees] in my neighborhood to double check [their identities]. Can send treemail & give virtual hugs too lol. I found my fav kapok tree and gave it a hug. I used to visit it every weekend for a year when I was doing forest work there.”

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Fung Tze Kwan with her favourite kapok tree in 2012

Lots of people are happy about this, thanks NParks!

“Least Concerned” – Green Humour

At the Biodiversity Friends Forum Macaque Watch workshop last Saturday, we briefly discussed the conservation status of the long-tailed macaque.

The volunteers looked up the classifications defined by the IUCN Red List briefly and were able to recall various categories which we matched to a some Singapore species.

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Then on Facebook I saw this comic by Rohan Chakravarty at Green Humour which tickled me to no end, because it is both informative and tragic.

He includes the five categories we battle for, from Least Concern to Critically Endangered, skipping the extinct and data deficient categories and makes a significant point:


I think we can use the cartoons in our workshops and we’ll add “Concerned” (anyone who tries) and “Least Concerned”.

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