About Nature Society (Singapore)

What is the Nature Society (Singapore)?

The Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS is a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region. It is a registered society in Singapore under the Societies Act, Cap. 311. 

The Society is an approved charity under the Charities Act, Cap.37 since 19 Feb 2008 and has been accorded the status of an Institution of Public Character (IPC) since 1st September 2008.

Its Unique Entity No. (UEN) is S61SS0142H and its registered address is 510 Geylang Road, #02-05, The Sunflower, Singapore 389466.

It was formerly known as the Singapore branch of the Malayan Nature Society. The branch was formed in 1954 and became Nature Society (Singapore) in 1991.

Run by volunteers (directory), the Society depends financially on contributions from its members as well as companies, institutions and individuals.

Our Mission

  • To promote nature awareness and nature appreciation
  • To advocate conservation of the natural environment in Singapore
  • To forge participation and collaboration in local, regional and international efforts in preserving Earth's biodiversity

What We Do:

  • Organise nature appreciation activities like guided nature walks, bird and butterfly watching, slide talks and overseas eco-trips.
  • Conduct conservation projects and surveys.
  • Collaborate with schools and community groups to promote nature appreciation and education.
  • Campaign for the protection of natural habitats.

What We Have Achieved:

  • Successfully persuaded the Government to set aside Sungei Buloh as a mangrove and bird sanctuary. This site is now legally protected and known as Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.
  • Relocated coral reefs which were threatened by land reclamation.
  • Staved off plans to develop part of Peirce Reservoir forest into a golf course.
  • Published the Master Plan for the Conservation of Nature in Singapore, which has influenced Government policy and planning.
  • Advocated the preservation of Chek Jawa, a unique marine habitat on Pulau Ubin.
  • The creation of the Butterfly Trail@Orchard with hotspots for butterflies to visit along a route spanning from Singapore Botanic Gardens to Fort Canning Park.
  • Adopted Kranji Marshes under PUB's ABC Waters program in 2008 and successfully restored the area into a freshwater habitat to support freshwater birds and other associated wildlife. The area was designated a Nature Park in 2014.
  • Successfully convincing the international delegates at the 2012 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Conservation Congress of the need to set up a Specialist Group focusing on horseshoe crabs.
  • Successfully organised and executed the National Bird of Singapore (i.e. Crimson Sunbird) and National Butterfly of Singapore (i.e. Common Rose) campaigns.
  • Awarded Charity Transparency Award 2016 and Charity Governance Award 2016 by Charity Council.