Biodiversity in Singapore

The sheer spectrum of flora and fauna in Seletar is simply breathtaking. Butterflies and birds are just the more obvious groups. It got us thinking about the status of biodiversity in this island. EarthTrends publishes an Environmental Information Portal and has comparative data for many countries. According to its profile of Singapore, protected areas as a percent of total land in Singapore is 5.5% versus … Continue reading Biodiversity in Singapore

Just a few more months

Residents of Seletar Airbase have been assured tenancy until December 2008. Back in July 2006, the deadline seemed far away. Twelve months on, the ticking clock is getting louder. The window to capture this environment as we know and love it is narrowing. Despite the fact that no official masterplan for the Aerospace Hub has been published, construction work has begun. Hopefully we still have … Continue reading Just a few more months

Neighbors gone, sex gone, fruits gone, species gone

This is the ultra-short conclusion of the findings in a study by Dennis Hansen, Heine Kiesbüy, and Christine Müller from Zurich University, and Carl Jones from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, who found that an endangered plant in Mauritius depends on a neighboring plant to provide a safe home for its pollinator, a day-active gecko. The admirable efforts to keep human residents up to date on … Continue reading Neighbors gone, sex gone, fruits gone, species gone

Postcards from Seletar

The BBC’s special report forecasting impact of climate change is sobering. As much as we in Singapore think we can insulate ourselves, inevitably we too will be impacted. On a happier note, the Camp continues to ignite imagination – The Governance Board was awarded a project last week, and as part of our deliverables, we will be commissioning sketches of nature at the camp – … Continue reading Postcards from Seletar

RAF visits the camp

RAF Seletar, Singapore, was an RAF station from 1928 through to 1971. The RAF Seletar Association was formed in 1997 to help bring together anyone who have had any dealings with the base in any capacity service or civilian. Forces reunited has a long and growing list of ex-Seletar RAF personnel.  Some background Chinese immigrants to Singapore established settlements in the 1840s, dotting the northern … Continue reading RAF visits the camp

Any lessons from the Clifford Pier experience?

Built in 1933, Clifford Pier was a landing point for immigrants and other sea passengers. A red oil lamp used to hang from the pier as a guide to seafarers, earning the pier the name Red Lamp Pier. The pier was later used as a terminal for tourists and day trippers who boarded small boats and ferries heading for the Southern Islands. Clifford Pier was … Continue reading Any lessons from the Clifford Pier experience?

What does the Kyoto protocol mean to you?

On 12 April 2006, Singapore acceded to the Kyoto protocol. The National Environment Agency has been designated as National Authority to deliver on this commitment. It’s website lists several campaigns to arrest greenhouse gas emissions. For many inhabitants at the camp, working from home is a choice we make, to reduce our individual carbon footprints. Many parents co-ordinate with each other to car-pool on school … Continue reading What does the Kyoto protocol mean to you?

Singapore’s Secret Garden

During 2006, a team from Really Architecture collated an online scrapbook, and a video analysis of life at the Airbase. Extract from culturepush: When it was announced that Clifford Pier would cease operations in March 2006 with plans to develop the landmark into the inevitable mall complex, there was public outcry against Singapore’s rapidly disappearing heritage. In a constant struggle between tradition and progress, iconic … Continue reading Singapore’s Secret Garden


One of the most memorable discoveries as we moved in was the Sunday ritual of exploring Garage Sales – we were thrilled to see this tradition alive and well in the Camp. It suggested there was a community of ready buyers, people who were happy to take on used goods. Quite the departure from the more common practice in Singapore of ‘on with the new … Continue reading Recycling

JTC’s web page on Seletar

As updated on 19th January 2007 ” JTC will carry out master-planning and infrastructure improvements for the Seletar Aerospace Park, in consultation with other government agencies. The proposed aerospace park will take into account Seletar’s rich aviation heritage and character. It will support a new integrated aerospace industry cluster incorporating the following activities: aerospace MRO design and manufacturing of aircraft systems and components business and … Continue reading JTC’s web page on Seletar

Birds of Seletar Camp

Building an authoritative taxonomy of the Camp’s ecology will require many hands. We were fortunate to have the support of The Nature Society (NSS), a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore and the surrounding region. Run by volunteers, the Society depends financially on contributions from its members as well as companies, institutions and individuals. … Continue reading Birds of Seletar Camp

Seletar Base Golf Club

Update: On 30th June 2007, The Golf Club closed its doors. According to SLA, the clubhouse and grounds are available for rental till 31st December 2007. Background (as narrated on Seletar Golf Club’s website) Seletar Base Golf Club came into existence on 1 January 2002 with the aim of placing golf within reach of anyone interested in playing and enjoying this great game. Formed to … Continue reading Seletar Base Golf Club


11. Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris WV 12. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea C/RB 13. Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis C/RB 14. Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri U/IRB 15. Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri C/IRB 16. Long-tailed Parakeet Psittacula longicauda C/RB </li> <li> Black-nest Swiftlet Collocalia maxima C/RB</li> <li> Edible-nest Swiftlet Collocalia fuciphaga C/RB</li> <li> House Swift Apus nipalensis C/RB</li> <li> Rock Pigeon Columba livia A/IRB</li> Continue reading Parakeets