For the first time since its completion in 2013, the Eco-Link@BKE will open to the public. In the next two months, the National Parks Board (NParks) will conduct eight guided walks, which will become a monthly affair from March 2016.
Access to the area has been restricted so far to allow plants to grow and animals to get used to the bridge. NParks has since assessed that limited guided walks can be done with minimal disturbance. Visitors will be limited to 20 per tour, and they will use only a small pathway at the side of the bridge.
Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said it is important to strike a balance between protecting the area and helping the public understand the role the bridge plays in conservation.
More than 15 species of mammals and birds have already been spotted, including the common palm civet and the critically endangered Sunda pangolin. Visitors can sign up with NParks for the walks starting this Sunday, 8 November 2015.
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Source: “Take a walk along EcoLink@BKE bridge specially reserved for animals” (The Straits Times, 5 Nov 2015)
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