Labrador Nature Reserve is a 10 ha coastal area at the southernmost point of Singapore’s main island that is being protected for its coastal secondary vegetation and as the only rocky shore in the main island.
Originally known as Pasir Panjang Beach or Long Beach on account of its long coastal strip and rocky beach, it was transformed in the 1930s by reclamation that added a seawall and grassy park. A popular recreational spot, beach houses and jetties were built to enjoy the sea and tranquillity here. However its character changed during WWII when important coastal defences were located here. In post war development Labrador was designated a nature reserve in 1951, downgraded to a nature park in the 1970s and upgraded to a nature reserve again in 2001. Thereafter the reclaimed area was redeveloped and landscaped along with on site war time structures and opened to the public.
Now Labrador Nature Reserve is the domain of 70 types of birds among which are the Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot, the Rufus Woodpecker and the Abbott’s Babbler. Eleven species of butterflies, numerous varieties of spiders and insects and small mammals have also been recorded here. The 300 meter Labrador beach is home to diverse marine flora and fauna.
Several species of corals, sea grapes, sea fans, sea grasses, red algae, sand worms and horse shoe crabs inhabit waters close to the shore. The common hairy crab is also a resident of the area. The sea grass meadows at Labrador Nature Reserve are regularly monitored and data sent to Seagrass Watch that analyses the health of sea grass meadows around the world to ensure they remain diverse eco systems that shelter hundreds of marine species.
The nature reserve is also being developed as a place of leisure and relaxation. A one hectare area was developed as a place where Singapore senior citizens can enjoy the sea air in a calm atmosphere. The most recent development is Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk. A scenic trekking route developed as Alexandra Garden Trail, Bukit Chermin boardwalk and Berlayer Creek mangrove trail, it showcases myriad flora and fauna of the area among which are 60 species of birds, 19 species of fish and 19 types of mangrove plants.
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