Over the weekend, I joined my friend Kwok Peng and a couple others to explore Tagore Forest. This secondary forest is slated for housing development later in the year, but it is a pity to clear it, as it houses two rare freshwater streams, nationally and globally endangered mammals such as the Sunda Pangolin, Banded-Leaf Monkey and Sunda Slow Loris, endangered and vulnerable plants, as well as naturally and globally threatened birds.
I was most keen to view the Elephant Foot’s Fern, considered vulnerable by NParks. I also got to see tree ferns, which I rarely see here. Interestingly, I saw a lot of dumb cane plants – an introduced species, which is invasive and is a bit out of place in our forests, also, there were lots of plants that are commonly displayed as house plants, you will recognise them in the photos below. I hope these photos will interest you in paying the Lentor Forest a visit. Scroll all the way down for instructions on how to get there!
Wish to visit? Make your way to Blk 601, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5. Walk towards Yio Chu Kang road, cross it and you’re almost there. The entrance is next to the green fence. You will see a foot-worn path, follow it and you will find the stream. Wear shoes that you don’t mind immersing in water, you will have to walk through the stream.
While you’re there, see if you can spot the Durian tree! I also found some star fruits on the ground.
If you would like to find out more about the development of private housing will impact biodiversity of the Lentor Forest, please check out this upcoming session of Green Drinks on June 29.