Friday, April 01, 2005


Some researchers, with the Centre for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), are now working on the big trees at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR). Within one year (hopefully!), all trees with diameter at breast height (dbh) of 30cm and above in the 164 hectare Reserve are to be identified, measured, tagged and mapped. Working for 3-4 days a week in the forest, these people (basically just two) are walking across almost every inch of BTNR (and of course, bashing through many irritating rattan-laden patches and some relatively untouched slopes/valleys!). They are here to share with you what they have learnt about the big trees that form the main structure of the forest on Bukit Timah and also some interesting flora and fauna they encountered along the way!

By the way, this is just one of the Seraya (Shorea curtisii) on the hill.. They (human) say my species is the most prominent one at Bukit Timah but I never know the exact number of my own kind around me :p Well.. may be next year when the project is completed. Meanwhile.. just stay tuned and see what these people say about us, the BIG TREES!

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