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  our wild singapore: Labrador Park Watch
mms upload for 5 Aug (Thu)

05/08/04 05:36 Labrador Park Watch #1:
It's a lovely full moon morning. Today I'm joining Mindy for the Labrador Park Watch programme.
05/08/04 06:18 Labrador Park Watch #2:
First things first...a yummy tosai breakfast at the little makan place just before the park...yumm.
05/08/04 06:39 Labrador Park Watch #3:
It's still dark when I arrive.
05/08/04 06:42 Labrador Park Watch #4:
As I walk through the park to meet Mindy on the shore, I hear all kinds of birds waking up in the trees on the hill. There were a few people already out in the park, jogging or simply having a morning walk.
05/08/04 06:45 Labrador Park Watch #5:
An early morning view of the shore. Mindy is waiting at the shelter under the large tree just at the entrance to the shore.
05/08/04 06:52 Labrador Park Watch #6:
We set up on the shore as the sun rises over the jetty. It's a lovely dawn.
05/08/04 06:52 Labrador Park Watch #7:
Labrador is the last natural rocky shore on the mainland and has hard corals too. Unfortunately, easy access means there has been a lot of poaching of its natural treasures. This has badly affected this narrow shore. Mindy has volunteered to start a volunteer manned Park watch to help educate those who come to literally take away Labrador shore.
05/08/04 07:00 Labrador Park Watch #8:
We take a few moments to explore the shore. The bright yellow flowers of the Simpoh Air greets us heartily from the vegetation in this, our last natural coastal forest
05/08/04 07:24 Labrador Park Watch #9: The shore is golden with sargassum seaweed. But is otherwise quite beat-up compared to our other natural shores on our offshore islands.

Mindy told me about how she and the volunteers managed to stop two guys from carrying off live corals on Sunday. The guys came with pails and other equipment and said they thought they were "saving" the corals from the park. They claimed they did not know it was illegal to remove the corals. Here's the story and photos of the incident
05/08/04 07:50 Labrador Park Watch #10:
But there are clear signs at the entrance and around the shore indicating that the area is protected. The guys said from the poster, they thought it was only illegal to remove crabs and shells. But not illegal to remove corals!!
05/08/04 07:52 Labrador Park Watch #11:
There are detailed explanations at the entrance about how if every visitor took one shell or one piece of coral, there would be nothing left on Labrador.
05/08/04 07:54 Labrador Park Watch #12 (last):
Labrador Park is one of our only two Nature Reserves protected by law. We need to protect her from ourselves. With proper respect and care, the shore can recover to its natural glory for all to enjoy, and not just a few aquarists or souvenir seekers. Want to make a difference on this issue? Why not volunteer with the Labrador Park Watch programme.

Labrador Park is at Villa Road off Pasir Panjang Road
For more about Labrador Park including location map

More about Labrador's shores: more photos and info

More about the Labrador Park Watch programme

More about Mindy.

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