Our Nature Reserves and Nature Areas Today
Singapore’s beginning with nature reserves goes all the way back to the 1880s, when the then-Singapore Botanical Gardens Superintendent Nathaniel Cantley proposed that select areas of land around the island to be set up as forest reserves in 1882.
Today, Singapore has four nature areas comprising the four main nature reserves – Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Labrador Nature Reserve – as well as 20 other areas that are subject to administrative safeguards under the Parks and Waterbodies Plan. The four nature reserves are protected under the Parks and Trees Act.
Discover what lies within some of these nature areas in this story map.
View the story map in full screen or on your mobile device by scanning the QR code below.
This story map is not a comprehensive coverage of the nature areas in Singapore.
The title of the base map used in this story map is the “Singapore Topographical Map” (1987).
- This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, Roots, The Long And Winding Road, and Wild Shores of Singapore as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), and Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988).
- This story map is done by Megan Wee and Zheng Zhixin.