Butterfly at Orchard mentioned in Ministry of National Development Report
In its latest report, 10 Principles for Liveable High-Density Cities: Lessons from Singapore, the Butterfly at Orchard Trail is mentioned as an example of land use in environmental space to elaborate how Orchard is more than just a shopping street in a case study to show how such factors allow high-density areas to be highly livable.
Download a copy of the report here.
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At a Glance: Butterfly Hotspots and Collaborators
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Nassim Green Garden planting with UPS staff
Oct 29, 2011
More than 100 UPS (United Parcel Service) staff joined us to plant up butterfly host and nectar plants and shrubs of over 30 different species at Nassim Green Garden on 29th Oct 2011. October is the Global Volunteer Month for UPS and what better way to volunteer than getting hands muddy!
Nassim Green is one of the pioneer hotspots along the trail. Its proximity to the Singapore Botanic Gardens makes it feasible to attract many uncommon butterflies.
The planting event was picked off at 2pm with the welcome address by Mr. KK Leung (South Asia District Manager, UPS) and a short speech by Mr. Gan Cheong Weei (Chairperson, Butterfly Interest Group, Nature Society [Singapore]). A mock cheque was presented to NSS by Mr. Pete Elroy (HR VP, Asia Pacific Region, UPS) and Mr. KK Leung (South Asia District Manager, UPS) following which they unveiled the Butterfly Trail signage at the garden.
Enthusiastic UPSers planted more than 600 plants in less than an hour. The event was called off after a downpour, just in time for snacks arranged at Spaboutique.
We thank UPS for joining the trail as a CONSERVATION SPONSOR and fund the Nassim Green butterfly garden.
Read the press articles here -
Zaobao 30th Oct 2011 - Butterfly trail half done article
Yahoo News 30th Oct 2011 - UPS Grant to build up Butterfly Trail @ Orchard photos
How about butterflies in a conference? We presented the Butterfly Trail at the NSS 'Nature Conservation for a Sustainable Singapore' conference on 16th Oct 2011 at the Swisshotel Merchant Court.
Oct 16, 2011
Creating butterfly connectors: Let's start with Concorde It is not just about butterfly hotspots. We are experimenting with butterfly connectors.
Hopefully our study will be able to help understand how butterflies use connectors. Imagine having more of such connectors along roadsides in our garden city! Connectivity unlimited!!
Half Century of Butterfly Species!!
July 16, 2011
What a memorable day! Over 25 UPS staff joined us to do a morning butterfly census along the trail. We grouped ourselves into 2 teams each team responsible for counting butterflies at the assigned hotspots along the trail. Not a big deal? Behold. We spotted the 49th and 50th species along the butterfly trail today.
49th species was the Yellow Palm Dart (Cephrenes trichopepla) spotted by Anuj at Istana Park while it was basking on one of the shrubs. This butterfly originally from Australia has made Singapore its home since 1999.
50th species was none other than the adorable Common Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae asteris) butterfly. We have been planting its host plant (Aristolochia tagala) along the trail so it was really heartening to see the Common Rose discover this climber at Istana Park. The butterfly was spotted and photographed by Ms. May Tan, UPS staff and volunteer.
Uncommon visitors to NSS Members Walk
Two butterflies uncommon to urban areas were spotted on 19th Feb morning at the Butterfly Trail. Black Veined Tiger butterfly (Danaus melanippus hegesippus) [top right] was seen twice in the morning around 9:20am at Stamford Green perching on flowers of Lantana camara.
Later Peacock Royal butterfly (Tajuria cippus maxentius) [bottom right] was seen basking around 11am at Dhoby Ghaut Green butterfly garden which is opp to Cathay Cineplex.
Over 30 species of butterflies have been recorded from the trail since the 1st planting at Nassim Road Green last year.
The 1st NSS Walk to the Butterfly Trail was well received and attended by 25 enthusiastic members. There were plenty of butterflies and lots of fun.
Butterfly Trail Map
This self guided trail map is now available!
Collect yours from the Nature Society's office. Alternatively, download the softcopy here.
Dhoby Ghaut Green opens
A charming butterfly garden with walkways created by the National Parks Board and Community in Bloom team.
Be ready to spot the Lemon Emigrants, Plain Tigers and Cycad Blue butterflies here and many more!
Istana Park Butterfly Garden Celebration
Nov 27, 2010.
The Butterfly Trail @ Orchard witnessed a latest addition to its butterfly hotspots on November 27th, 2010. The planting at Istana Park - one of the biggest hostpots along the trail has been kindly sponsored by RICOH ASIA PACIFIC.
More than 250 Ricoh staff, families,guests and volunteers came out in full force to plant 2,900 butterfly host and nectar plants of over 30 different species on a pleasant Saturday morning.
The programme started off at 8:30am with a welcome address by Mr. Nobuaki Majima (Managing Director, Ricoh Asia Pacific) and Dr. Shawn Lum (President, Nature Society [Singapore]). This was followed by a cheque presentation and an official announcement of the donation of 10 recycled benches by Ricoh.
A short planting briefing followed by a group photo set the stage right for planting proper. The Butterfly Trail @ Orchard signage was unveiled at the park by Mr. Nobuaki Majima and Mr. Vincent Lim (Managing Director, Ricoh Singapore).
Staff and volunteers from Ricoh, NSS and National Parks Board jointly participated in the planting making it a very memorable event.
Later we assembled again for the closing remarks and lunch, sweating but satisfied for having done a small yet meaningful part in conversing Singapore's biodiversity.
Read the press article here -
Zaobao 28th Nov 2010 - Formation of Butterfly Trail @ Istana Park here.
Butterfly Trail featured in YOUR SINGAPORE 'STARLIT CHRISTMAS' brochure
If you think that Orchard Road is all about the retail pleasures and culinary delights found within its malls and attractions, think again.
Read more here.
Butterfly Trail featured at NAGOYA 2010
Oct 22, 2010.
Professor Tommy Koh [Chairman, Preparatory Committee for UNCED; Chairman, Main Committee, UNCED; President, UNCLOS; UNEP’s Champion of the Earth (2006)] delivered the Third Linnaeus Lecture on Biodiversities and Cities held in Nagoya, Japan.
He mentioned the butterfly trail project while speaking on efforts taken in Singapore to conserve local biodiversity. He said - "I hope that the shoppers on Orchard Road be so inspired by the experience that they will develop a love of nature and a sense of stewardship towards biodiversity and the ecosystems which sustain them".
Download the lecture here.
Penang Road Open Space Garden Celebration Oct 12, 2010.
Another major stop will be added to the Butterfly Trail at the Penang Road Open Space, next to Killiney Road Post Office. Spearheaded by Nature Society (Singapore), this garden is sponsored by FAR EAST ORGANIZATION.
Date of planting:
Tuesday, 12 October, 2010Time:
5:30pm - 6:30pmVenue:
Penang Road Open Space, next to Killiney Road Post Office
The Butterfly Trail Project now has 14 designated butterfly sites. Accepting Nature Society’s recommendations, Far East Organization has also re-landscaped the rooftop of its latest shopping attraction - The Orchard Central mall.
“Orchard Central is delighted to be part of this initiative to increase the public’s awareness for our natural heritage and to promote appreciation of nature. When we first heard of this Butterfly Trail at Orchard, we immediately recognized that the Orchard Central’s rooftop garden on levels 11 and 12, which are accessible to the public 24/7, were ideal sites. We believe that Orchard Central will add to the excitement of the Trail, being currently the tallest site amongst other sites on Orchard Road” said Mr. Kelvin Ling, Chief Operating Officer, Retail Business Group, Far East Organization.
We will be planting 2570 plants, shrubs and trees at Penang Road Open Space. These include shrubs like Asclepias curassavica (Blood Flower) and Calotropis gigantea (Crown Flower) that attract Plain Tiger butterflies and Aristolochia tagala (Dutchman’s pipe) that attracts the relatively uncommon Common Birdwing and Common Rose butterfly species.
Truly, glamour girls strutting down Orchard Road will face competition from the beauties of the insect world as the Butterfly Trail is taking flight.
Read the press articles here -
Straits Times 13th Oct 2010 - Butterfly Trail taking off at Orchard Road article
Zaobao 13th Oct 2010 - Butterflies can thrive in an urban area article
Channel News Asia 13th Oct 2010 - More plants in Orchard Road to attract butterfly breeding article
Butterfly Trail at Orchard Inaugural Garden Celebration
June 21, 2010.
The Butterfly Trail at Orchard is a strategic partnership project between National Parks Board
(NParks), Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) and the organizers, Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS)
Initiated by NSS, The Butterfly Trail at Orchard is being created as a sustainable ecological initiative for Singapore. This community-led project aims to illustrate Singapore’s focus on urban biodiversity: to ensure we have a balance of cityscape and nature and to protect this as part of the lifestyle for future generations. The trail also aims to serve as a local citizen science program to improve our knowledge of ecology. As an anchor for nature education through butterfly walks and as a stimulus to interest residents and visitors alike in horticulture, nature and the environment, the Trail will add to the existing attractions of Orchard area. The 4km Butterfly Trail route will start from Singapore Botanic Gardens, wander through the Orchard Corridor, through the grounds of SMU and conclude at Fort Canning Park. NSS and NParks experts are hoping to attract some 50 species of butterflies to the Trail.
About twenty species of butterflies which include the Chocolate Pansy, Leopard, Plain Tiger, Short Banded Sailor, and the rare Green Baron were spotted recently during two baseline NSS surveys of the trail route. Regular monitoring of sites over time will help evaluate the effect of planting different host plants and nectar plants and will allow for modifications where necessary.
Most visitors to Singapore are unaware of just how gorgeous and varied nature is along Orchard Road. An encounter with a delicate butterfly, a beautiful tropical blossom, colourful birds or even a phalanx of voracious caterpillars feeding on their preferred food plant can make a visit to Orchard Road more than just memorable, but magical. We hope that this Trail will ensure that more such encounters with Nature’s magic will be possible for visitors to Singapore and for residents for years and years to come.
BUTTERFLY TRAIL at ORCHARD INAUGURAL GARDEN CELEBRATION
Date: 21st June, 2010 (Monday)
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Nassim Road Green Site at Tanglin Road
Residents living around the Nassim and Tanglin Road area can look forward to not only more flora but also more butterflies around their estate. To kick off the first phase of the Butterfly Trail, about 900 shrubs and 24 trees (to provide food for caterpillars and adult butterflies) will be planted at the Nassim Road site at the event’s inaugural garden celebration on 21st June, at 4pm. The Queensway Primary School, Raffles Girls Secondary School (RGS) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) will share their enthusiastic students to participate in the planting. Ambassador-at-Large, Professor Tommy Koh, will be the Guest-of-Honour for the event. In the following weeks, the site will be fully planted up with host and nectar plants and monitored on a regular basis. Learning from this experience, the whole series of sites on the Butterfly Trail in the Orchard Corridor will be surveyed, planted up and monitored.
Looking ahead, NParks, STB, ORBA and NSS hope to organise more programs, such as the recently launched NParks initiative to bring more epiphytic orchids to Orchard Road trees and more events, as additional sites are planted up for butterflies. These additional initiatives will strengthen our aspiration to promote nature appreciation among the general public of Singapore and to increase the awareness and affection for our natural heritage. Nature as one of Orchard Road prime attractions? Thanks to the Butterfly Trail at Orchard, this may one day be considered a given.
Straits Times - Butterfly Trail at Orchard project takes off (English) article , full page view
My Paper - Butterflies to brighten up Orchard Road(English) article , full page view
My Paper - City Center a habitat for butterflies too (Chinese) article
Zaobao - Chasing butterflies, go to Orchard's green spaces (Chinese) article
The Sunday Times, January 24, 2010
"The Nature Society of Singapore is planning to launch in June a 4km-long butterfly trail from the Botanic Gardens to Fort Canning, which they hope will attract a variety of winged beauties.
Can butterflies thrive among the glitzy malls and tall office buildings in Orchard Road? Yes, says a group of nature lovers and butterfly enthusiasts who are working to create an urban butterfly trail. Spearheaded by the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), the 4kmlong trail starts at the gates of the Botanic Gardens, continues down Orchard Road and ends in Fort Canning Park. It is envisioned as a self-guided walking route that will lead you to 15 butterfly spots. These include tucked-away green oases between the malls, little- known rooftop and private gardens, and public green spaces. Visitors will get specially produced maps to help them navigate their way. ..."
Read the full article here
The Butterfly Trail at Orchard is a strategic partnership project between National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) and the organizers, Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS). Conceptualised by NSS, The Butterfly Trail at Orchard is being created as a sustainable ecological initiative for Singapore. This community-led project aims to illustrate Singapore’s focus on urban biodiversity: to ensure we have a balance of cityscape and nature and to protect this as part of the lifestyle for future generations. The trail also aims to serve as a local citizen science program to improve our knowledge of ecology. As an anchor for nature education, for butterfly walks, and to stimulate interest among residents and visitors alike in horticulture, nature and the environment the Trail will add to the existing attractions of Orchard area.
The 4 km. Butterfly Trail route will start from Singapore Botanic Gardens, wander through the Orchard Corridor, through SMU, and conclude at Fort Canning Park. NSS and NParks experts are hoping to attract some 50 species of butterflies to the Trail.Already about 20 species of butterflies which include the Chocolate Pansy, Leopard, Plain Tiger, Short Banded Sailor, and the rare Green Baron were spotted recently during two baseline NSS surveys of the trail route. Regular monitoring of sites over time will help evaluate the effect of planting different host plants and nectar plants and will allow for modifications where necessary.
Most visitors to Singapore are unaware of just how gorgeous and varied nature is along Orchard Road. An encounter with a delicate butterfly, a beautiful tropical blossom, amazing birds or even a phalanx of voracious caterpillars feeding on their preferred food plant can make a visit to Orchard Road more than just memorable, but magical. We hope that this Trail will ensure that more such encounters with Nature’s magic will be possible for visitors to Singapore and residents for years and years to come.