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News : Butterfly Trail at Orchard

Postby green baron » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:03 pm

By Channel NewsAsia, Updated: 21/06/2010
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Butterfly Trail at Orchard Rd to raise interest in nature SINGAPORE : Nature may not be the first thing one associates with Singapore’s prime shopping belt, but the Butterfly Trail at Orchard Road hopes to change this.

Ambassador—at—Large Professor Tommy Koh launched the first phase of the Butterfly Trail — a project to highlight Singapore’s urban biodiversity.

For a start, 900 shrubs and 24 trees have been planted along Nassim Road, including the so—called "nectar plants", which will attract butterflies to the area.

Experts hope up to 50 species will find their way to the trail.

There is also the butterfly walk — a four—kilometre trail from the Botanic Gardens to Fort Canning Park that aims to increase interest in nature. — CNA /ls
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Postby green baron » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:04 pm

Straits Times, Jun 21, 2010
Butterfly trail at Orchard
By Ng Kai Ling

BEFORE butterflies can move into Orchard Road and transform the area into an urban butterfly trail, their homes will have to be built - or rather planted.

Monday's Phase one of the Butterfly Trail at Orchard had Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large with the Foreign Ministry and patron of the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), and other guests sowing the seeds of host and nectar plants - which will provide both food and shelter to caterpillars and butterflies - at a site along Nassim Road.

More than 900 shrubs and trees will be planted on the 170sqm plot.

The project, spearheaded by the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), will cover a 4km stretch of the iconic shopping belt, from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, through to Fort Canning.

Experts from NSS hope to attract some 50 species of butterflies to move into the area once it is completed by the end of next year.

Other than bring some colour and life to Orchard, NSS former president Dr Geh Min said the plants may also help in times of heavy rain.
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