Bidadari Cemetery – soon to be a site for the living

on 8th November 2012

“The former Bidadari Cemetery at Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore, is not a very large piece of land. Yet, I have had many a pleasurable moment while there, seeing both local and migratory birds. There are many large and tall trees there as well LINK.

“Of late, the Asian Drongo Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) (above), Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia), Black-backed Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca), Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), among many others, were spotted and photographed by the legions of bird watchers and photographers.

“But this green haven will by next year be turned over for development and these birds of passage will soon lose yet another green pit stop.

“What’s wonderful about this place is it is showing signs of returning to its lush natural state. It is not manicured and landscaped. Not just the birds and insects that are there that would lose a habitat, we humans would also be deprived.”

Khng Eu Meng
23rd October 2012

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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