List of nature-related groups in Singapore
Who cares about nature in Singapore? To find the answer I went down a rabbit hole so deep, lush and green — lost and amazed — I have only just scratched the surface. (This list will continually be updated)
ACRES is a pioneering Singapore-based charity and Institution of Public Character, founded by Singaporeans in 2001 with the aim of advocating for an end to animal cruelty in Asia. They have six focus areas: Tackling Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Addressing Zoo Animal Welfare, Humane Education, Community Outreach and Promoting Cruelty-Free Living.
ArteFact is a collective of artists and scientists passionate about exploring creative ways of communicating conservation science. This public group is for their community to share works and thoughts with each other and the public.
A group of nature lovers from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) who have come together to manage guided walks open to everyone and anyone. They want to bring people to appreciate and understand local biodiversity and our ecological systems in Singapore through their guided walks on the Petai Trail at MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
It is Anthony Quek’s wish that by showing people the beauty of the natural world through photography and videography, it would help to sway people’s attitudes towards appreciating and preserving wildlife and biodiversity.
This website hopes to shed light on the complex ecological concepts and conservation issues of our natural heritage in Singapore. We have reached almost a tipping point where we need to help to protect and support in order to ensure what little we have left is able to sustain and pass down to our future generations. Building an underground MRT line or carrying out soil investigations WILL have an impact no matter how minimum. We can’t afford any impact in an area that is already so small. The site aims for people to take personal action to make a positive change. The trees in the Primary forest are relics. They are descendants of ancient trees from the last ice age possibly 11,000 years ago. The Primary forest in Singapore occupies less than 0.3% of our land area. The Central Catchment area still has patches of Primary forest.
A page to raise public awareness of the common palm civet, Singapore’s last wild native urban carnivore, in hope to mitigate human-civet conflict and conserve these beautiful animals. Help by sharing your sightings of civets with them.
The Herpetological Society of Singapore is a group of herpetology enthusiasts based in Singapore. They believe in ethics, rigour and outreach.
ICCS is conducted by more than 4,000 volunteers annually from some 60 local and international schools, institutions and government bodies, private organisations and corporate entities. The event is coordinated by ICCS Otters, volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an annual event which aims to remove and collect data on the debris from the shorelines, waterways and beaches of the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. This data serves to educate the public on marine debris issues and to encourage positive change by submissions to governmental and international organisations that will reduce debris in waterways and enhance aquatic environments.
Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their communities, and connect with neighbours.
Love our MacRitchie Forest
March for MacRitchie — A month-long series of events coordinated by the Love Our MacRitchie Forest movement. March for MacRitchie was conceived to raise awareness about the conservation issues surrounding the proposed Cross Island MRT Line (CRL) through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR)
The #MyMacRitchie campaign on Facebook and Instagram was launched in March 2016 as a platform for people from all walks of life to share why they love MacRitchie. #MyMacRitchie sought to get people who love MacRitchie Forest to share photos of their moments in MacRitchie Forest and why they feel the CRL should not go under CCNR.— https://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/2627
The Naked Hermit Crabs are a motley bunch of volunteer guides who also guide at Singapore’s other shores such as Chek Jawa, Pulau Semakau, Kusu Island. We have come together to share our other shores through public walks. Especially those shores which are in danger. Without the shell, the hermit crab will be naked and vulnerable — an easy meal for predators. This non-denominational group of volunteers call themselves the Naked Hermit Crabs to remind everyone how fragile our shores are.
The Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS is a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region.
The Bird Group (BG) is a Special Interest Group of the Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS), with a mission to save every natural wildlife and bird habitat in Singapore and promote birdwatching as a hobby and a healthy lifestyle to every Singaporean.
The Marine Conservation Group (MCG) is a special interest group of Nature Society, Singapore. The group aims to encourage understanding and protection of our marine and coastal habitats in Singapore and Southeast Asia through public awareness activities, citizen science programs and international partnerships.
National Parks Board (NParks), provides and enhances the greenery of Singapore. They are greening up our island city, with 4 nature reserves and more than 300 parks. Adding to this is the streetscape, or roadside greenery, that forms the backbone of the City in a Garden. An island-wide Park Connector Network is also being developed to link major parks, nature areas and residential estates.
The NUS Toddycats! are volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. They expose, develop, enthuse and apply individuals to programmes in conservation, education and research. The programme was originally meant to provide capacity building amongst undergraduates in NUS, and to provide them with an immediate means to contribute meaningfully towards the greater good of Singapore. The programme is now open to anyone who can fit our schedule, in the recognition that all you really need is enthusiasm and commitment!
Pesta Ubin is Ubin Open House. Over five weeks, people and groups who love Ubin will organise special activities for the public to celebrate Pulau Ubin. These activities passionately highlight Ubin’s unique charms. Its culture, kampung life, nature and wildlife, Ubin land and sea. Through these activities, they hope to also raise awareness of Pulau Ubin and issues on Pulau Ubin.
Project LUWAK Singapore: Love oUr Wild civets, Avoid Kopi luwak. A movement aimed at generating awareness about the kopi luwak trade in Singapore.
Members are joined by their passion to act on these key issues:
- Mangrove restoration at abandoned aquaculture areas at Pulau Ubin.
- Organise volunteers to help with surveys, propagule collection, test planting, restoration work, monitoring before, during and after restoration.
- Outreach about Ubin and mangroves.
- The Mangrove Lab, Dept of Geography, the National University of Singapore
- Marine Conservation Group of the Nature Society (Singapore)
- Gamefish and Aquatic Restoration Society (GARS)
- Pulau Ubin fish farmers: Philip Lim and Joseph Wee
A group for more discussions and updates on saving Bukit Brown. 100,000 reasons to save our history and identity.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.
Singapore Adventurers’ Club (SAC) is the first all-volunteer club established in 1963. They welcome everyone to join them in their activities in local or overseas expeditions, adventure training, and volunteering opportunities.
The Singapore Birds Project is a collaborative project by birders to document all the bird species that have been recorded in Singapore. These include residents, migrants, vagrants as well as those that were introduced to the island. While Singapore is a country with a small land mass, we live in a region of great biodiversity. There are almost 400 birds that have been historically recorded in our bird checklist. A further 100 or so species of introduced/released birds have also been recorded. They aim to document every one of these species, with description of the birds’ appearance, behaviour, habitat, photos, videos and sighting records.
This page has three objectives: I) A place to post photos and information on sightings of flora and fauna in the Tanglin Halt area; II) An informal neighborhood watchgroup against wildlife poachers; II) A possible network page for community-nature activities.
This blog navigates the long and winding road taken in the journey that is Jerome Lim’s life, pausing at experiences, events, places and people that have shaped his view of life and of the world.
This is the lab page for Dr. Dan Friess, Assistant Professor in Geography, National University of Singapore. They research the ecosystem services produced by coastal wetlands, the myriad threats they face, their restoration, and the policies that affect their conservation.
Song inspired by the proposed construction of the Cross Island Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line through the Macritchie Forest which forms part of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve of Singapore
The Pangolin Story is a project to introduce pangolins and the threats they face to the people of Singapore and the rest of Asia. Pangolins are amazing creatures and still live in Singapore and the rest of Asia, but they might disappear before people even know what they are.
A place for ideas and engagements about living public spaces and making spaces places along the rail corridor at Tanglin Halt. Some tentative ideas for the space that have come from their discussions with the bamboo grove keepers and the song bird club that used to hang out next door are a shared space for the older generation and younger residents. Letting the bamboo grove grow back under the guidance of the gardeners who used to tend to it. Establishing well managed community garden along the tracks, organized by the residents. Providing a picnic table for passers by on the rail corridor to rest in the shade. Possible transient drinks and food stall/van on weekends (curry puffs and lime juice). A deck for tai chi/yoga sessions beneath the bamboo.
SOSD’s short term goal for the nationwide sterilisation project is to control and reduce the stray dog population in Singapore. PROJECT SOUND (Sterilisation of Ubin and Neighbouring Dogs) will focus on the sterilisation of unsterilised village dogs and the increasing stray dog population on Ubin and where possible, dogs on nearby fishfarms. At the same time, they can tell you more about the friendly, charming and carefree community dogs that make Ubin so special and unique.
The Green Corridor is a proposal to keep the railway lands as a continuous green corridor. The website was started to gather support for The Green Corridor, unite supporters and show the government that there is public interest and support for The Green Corridor. It also archives stories, photos and videos on the railway and The Green Corridor.
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