In the Biodiversity and Conservation pillar, we aim to educate the NTU population about the rich biodiversity in Singapore. Many of us love animals and going on nature trails, but not many have an understanding that goes beyond just nature appreciation.
Nature offers much more than that: the symbiotic relationships shared between many animals often inspire new findings and techniques in both engineering and sciences in what we call biomimicry.
Through various kinds of nature walks and our #EcoClick Nature Photography Competition, our participants learn about Singapore’s biodiversity and the importance of conservation. Also, they will be able to see for themselves the damage done on our environment by pollution and the effects of climate change.
NTU is quite fortunate to have lush patches of forests and greenery, which contributes to its rich diversity of animal species on campus.
In our forests and in the halls surrounding our forests, we often have sightings of wild boars. Sometimes, a lucky few get a glimpse of the Sunda pangolin, an endangered animal that has made its home in the surrounding forests. We also have snakes like the Oriental whip snake and the Paradise tree snake. For birds, we have seen the Oriental pied hornbill, Pied Imperial pigeons, Pink-necked green pigeons, Coppersmith barbets, Black-naped orioles, Tailorbirds, and the Red-legged Crake. During the migratory season, we also see migratory birds like raptors, the Tiger shrike and the Blue-tailed bee eater. NTU is also home to many butterfly and dragonfly species.
Earthlink organises several nature walks over the entire academic year, including:
- International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
- Mangrove Mystery Nature Trail
- Jurong Eco-Garden (JEG) Biodiversity Audit Training Programme
- NTU Night Wonders Trail
- #EcoClick Insta-Photography Nature Walk