This March, not only did we have walks, talks and conservation booths for March for MacRtichie, we also had the #MyMacRitchie initiative, where many of you shared your love for the MacRitchie Forest on your Facebook and Instagram pages!
As one of our four Nature Reserves in Singapore, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve is a sanctuary for a magnificent amount of plants and animals – approximately 413 species of plants, 218 species of birds, 30 mammals, 24 freshwater fish species and 17 species of amphibians!
However, through #MyMacRitchie, we have found out the different ways in which the Reserve is also a place which holds a special place in the hearts of many – be it kayakers, hikers, runners, nature lovers, tourists or the average citizen just looking for a little adventure!
Without further ado, we would like to share with you 20 of the best #MyMacRitchie moments! 🙂 Here are some reasons why MacRitchie is loved by many…
It provides a calming escape from our busy city…
I feel drawn towards Macritchie, out of all the available nature parks in Singapore. There is a wilderness present, despite the well carved out paths and planked boardwalks. When you stop for a moment to listen to the wind sweep in, gently first, then with a passion, swaying the thick branches of subtly creaking trees and rustling the leaves. The call of the wildlife erupts through the forest… And then silence. That's just pure magic.
Sometime you feel more connected when you get disconnected, loving these greenery 🌳🍃🌿🍀🌲🌱 Help support "Love MacRitchie Forest" to reach their target of 10,000 by sharing the issue and petition with your friends. Join them in the movement to save MacRitchie from disruption today – Petition: http://tinyurl.com/lta-crl Every signature counts! #mymacritchie #marchformacritchie #lovemacritchie
🌳🚣🏻🌳 Why do I love MacRitchie – Because it is peaceful and beautiful here, I can unwind and enjoy the nature here. Away from the urban and hectic lifestyle, concrete buildings and busy traffic…Weekends morning runs are my favourite way of enjoying the great nature of MacRitchie. Hopefully these will not be destroy due to the construction of the Cross Island MRT Line. Love our MacRitchie Forest. #macritchie #trailrunning #running #sundaymorning #macritchieforest #mymacritchie #lovemacritchie
The raw and exhilarating experience you get from trail running (plus ultra-fresh air, beautiful scenery and shelter from the sun!)
🌅 at my absolute favourite place in SG, taken during my last run at macritchie. Will be awhile before I hit the trails again & it's one of the many things I look forward to after my knee-fix. Hope this little piece of sanctuary remains undisturbed and in one peace #mymacritchie #marchformacritchie #lovemacritchie
Where all nature lovers, sports enthusiast, young and old gathers. To enjoy the fresh air and greenery, to pit their skills against each other after months of tough training. Spent a chunk of my secondary school days there training for the yearly schools x-country meet. It have moved several locations but to me, without a doubt, Macritchie is still the best. Every run at Macritchie now still brings back fond memories. I'm sure it is for a lot people too! #justrunlah #justdoit #nikerun #mymacritchie #lovemacritchie #marchformacritchie
It’s place to disconnect and reconnect with your loved ones (who wouldn’t love a long heart-to-heart talk – while burning calories – amidst the tranquil trails!)
The forest surrounding MacRitchie Reservoir is one of our favorite spots for nature walks. Since we started this sustainable business journey, it has become our go-to spot for photography. It is highly accessible, incredibly rich in flora and fauna and unlike so many places in this little red dot, MacRitchie is not manicured to death. To have a Cross Island Line cut through the core of the Central Catchment Reserve is disappointing and myopic to say the least. Are we so disconnected from nature progress is measured by shortened travel time and money saved to skirt Singapore's largest nature reserve? How many places in the world can boast such rich biodiversity within minutes of commute from a busy city center? It is within our power and it is completely our responsibility to preserve some of our most pristine ecosystems. #100goodthings #consciousliving #consciouscommerce #macritchie #lovemacritchie #loveourmacritchieforest #marchformacritchie #sustainable #sustainablestyle #mindfulness #natureheals #naturelovers #nature #bethechange #yogainsingapore #yogasg
Because of captivating views like these…
🌲💧🌿Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. ~ E.O. Wilson 🌳💧🌲 #lovemacritchie #marchformacritchie #mymacritchie #thegreatoutdoors #reservoir #nparksbuzz #bns_nature #naturelover #naturelovers #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #landscape #sgig #gf_singapore #naturephotography #yoursingapore #sginstagram #ilovesg #water #wonderful_places #eye_for_earth #nature_or_nothing #nature_perfection
Not forgetting the amazing wildlife that you can see close-up – without going to the zoo!
The Yellow-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila)
Striped Bronzeback snake (Dendrelaphis caudolineatus)
Common posy (Drupadia ravindra moorei)
Why I love MacRitchie – There are many hidden gems and amazing animals inside the forest. Here's a common posy resting with its wings closed. Help support "Love MacRitchie Forest" to reach their target of 10,000 by sharing the issue and petition with your friends. Join them in the movement to save MacRitchie from disruption today – Petition: http://tinyurl.com/lta-crl Every signature counts! So do the same as me: post a photo you took in MacRitchie, tell everyone why you love it and include the hashtags below. #mymacritchie #marchformacritchie #lovemacritchie
Chestnut-bellied malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)
Malayan Colugo (Cynocephalus variegatus)
#malayancolugo (Cynocephalus variegatus) Finally have a decent shot of this little guy. Often mistaken for bats or monkeys, these nocturnal creatures are not related to either. These cute looking mammals are probably the biggest gliders you will find here in Singapore! They hunt under the cover of darkness preying on unsuspecting plants and flowers. 😂 Did you know: If a colugo gets itself stranded on the ground, it is possible that its organs may be damaged from laying flat on its belly for too long. #colugo #nature #sgwildlife #wildlife #mammals #mammalsofinstagram #nocturnal #notabat #flyinglemur
Red-crowned Barbet (Megalaima rafflesii)
Still haven't get enough of this beauty here! So glad that I got to meet this uncommon resident breeder at Jelutong Tower. It was not shy at all as it allowed me to take its photos with clear opening for a good whole of 15-20 mins. 😍😍😍 #sgbirders #sgbirds #birdsofsg #jelutongtower #savemacritchie #macritchienaturetrail #nparksbuzz #redcappedbarbet #barbet #lovemacritchie
Male Blue-sided Satinwing (Euphaea impar)
And…… that wraps it up! As seen above, despite the different reasons we visit MacRitchie, the one thing that binds us is that we all love MacRitchie and everything that it offers and gives to us.
We are truly thankful to all of you who have participated in #MyMacRitchie and lending your voice to our movement! Do continue to spread the love and join us in our cause to protect MacRitchie by sharing the CRL issue with your family and friends, as well as writing into the relevant authorities to tell them why the CRL should go around MacRitchie rather than beneath it!
Check out the links below for more gorgeous photo posts on #mymacritchie!