Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meandering Along the Old Gombak Road, TWNS

Thank you to our guest contributor, Dr. Rosli Omar
All photos are taken by and the property of Dr. Rosli

Yellow Bellied Prinia, Prinia flavivenris

A short meandering by foot along the Old Gombak Road.  It was early afternoon, so birds were less visible.  All the human activity - cars, lorries, motorbikes, quarries and the like may have scared away the intensity of birds that used to be seen here.

But it is still pleasant viewing none-the-less.  These are a few of the birds, butterflies and other creatures we saw along the way.

Red Eyed Bulbul, Pycnonotus brunneus

Malay Viscount Sp, Tanaceia aruna aruna M.

Blue Glassy Tiger, Ideopsis vulgaris macrina

A lizard along the road side

Banded Swallowtail, Papilio demolion demolion

If you have photos or experiences in the Park that you would like to share, please email to TrEES at and we will try to publish your findings here, too.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chipping Away of Our Forests...

The chipping away of forest reserves is a serious problem.  About 15 ha of the Kanching forest reserve has been cleared for the Rawang Bypass,  the whole of Sungai Jelok Forest Reserve in Kajang had been replaced with rubber plantation, and now the Ampang Forest Reserve is under eminent threat of the East Klang Valley Expressway. 

This is piece-meal clearing of forests is precisely why TrEES and other NGOs lobbied for the government to establish the series of forest reserves along the eastern boundary of the state as one park - Taman Warisan.  As a single entity, the Park should be managed holistically, at the State level, and not as a small piece of forest here, and another small piece there, under one majlis here, and another department there.

Sadly, the Park Steering Committee has not met since 2009, and there doesn't seem to be much commitment by the State Government towards Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor.   We are working to change this.  We hope you can support this effort by spreading the word on the Park, and writing to the State Gov to voice your love of the Park.

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