The continuous collaborative effort between ITE College East with National Parks Board (NParks) in preserving wild life in Pulau Ubin is featured by Straits Time on 4th Dec 2016.
Pulau Ubin is a treasure house to several species of wild plants and animals. What makes Pulau Ubin more special is that some of the animal species found on this coastal island off Changi, are rarely seen on the mainland, Singapore but is still a common sight there. These special species include the oriental small-clawed otter, the world’s smallest otter and the smooth-coated otter. There is always a conscious effort to build homes for these endangered otters, bats and birds on the island.
Bat box is one of the many collaborative initiatives between ITE College East and NParks.
Building on the success of bringing the hornbill back from the brink of extinction with the help of nesting boxes, the National Parks Board (NParks) continued collaborating with student volunteers from ITE College East to build bat roosts and otter holts to further the wildlife preservation efforts.
Since August 2016, NParks had worked on this project with students from both the Republic Polytechnic and ITE College East. These students helped to design and build bat roosting boxes for the mammals -which helped to keep insect populations in check and assist with plant pollinations. There are currently 30 such boxes across the island.
As part of this collaboration, students also introduced plants that would attract herons and kingfishers, as well as fallen trees that encourage birds perching on the island. This greatly enhanced the habitats several species of birds.
Among other things, ITE College East students also installed nest boxes for the blue-throated bee-eater, together with planted trees where Baya Weavers can build their nests.
According to the Straits Times article on 4th Dec, efforts to preserve Pulau Ubin’s unique biodiversity have further expanded into the months of October and November 2016. It also marked the first BioBlitz@ Ubin, a 24-hour survey where members of the public joined 35 naturalists and researchers to document the biodiversity on the island.
ITE students had benefitted immensely from these collaborative projects. They have gained deeper understanding of these projects and also the values of preserving environment for the betterment of the next generation.
Original article by :Zhaki Abdulla
Information and photos by: Alex Yeo
Article by: Florence Chee Edited by: Kristin Koh