Category Archives: BioD Centre

Upcoming Activities for “Summer”

by Cheam May Choo

Although it is raining cats and dogs outside and Malaysia doesn’t have the 4 seasons, I like to think that “summer” is upon us. Come June and July, Cameron Highlands will see more visitors from the temperate countries, enjoying their summer vacation here. Bookings for local tours will rise and eateries dotting Tanah Rata and Brinchang will be busier than usual. In the mornings,4wd vehicles mainly landrovers in the tourism trade, filled with visitors will make a beeline to favourite hotspots in the mountains such as Gunung Brinchang. Jungle trails will also see more trekkers enjoying the forest. Come sundown if one strolls along Tanah Rata main street, languages heard will not only be English,Malay, Chinese  and Indian but also French, German, Spanish , Japanese and a few more.

For our environmental society, we will have more requests than usual for volunteer work from visitors from the Western Countries. This year we would like to welcome 3 students from France namely Thibault, Quentin and Philippe who will be spending 2 months here for volunteer work during their summer break.

Below is our upcoming activities for the month of June and July. Visitors are welcome to join but should pay for their own transport and please contact our office at least 2 days prior.

4th June 2018-Trip to Biodiversity Centre. Facilitators: Siva and Saras

5th June 2018-Air Pollution studies at Biodiversity Centre. Facilitator: Rama

6th June 2018- Boccee Practice with Children with special needs at Cherish (sister organisation) 9 to 11.30am Facilitator: Datin Asseema

7th June 2018-Boccee Practice with Children with special needs at Cherish  9 to 11.30am Facilitator: Datin Asseema

9th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya subject to confirmation

10th June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

11th June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

12th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Putting fertilizer. Time:8am to 2 pm

19th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Putting fertilizer, Tree labelling.  Time: 8am to 2 pm

20th June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

21st June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

22nd June 2018- Nature walk with Orang Asli children in Sg Ubi. Facilitator: Datin Aseema

26th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Tree labelling.  Time: 8am to 2 pm

27th June 2018-Recycling talk in Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Kg Raja Facilitators: Datin Asseema, Puan Mazlira

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1st July 2018- Volleyball Competition Final for Girls. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

2nd July 2018-Trip to Biodiversity Centre. Facilitators: Siva and Saras

3rd July 2018-Air Pollution studies at Biodiversity Centre. Facilitators: Rama

7th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Amran/Encil Embi Activity: Orchid Walk.   Time: 8am to 2 pm- Subject to confirmation

8th July 2018-Volleyball Competition Final for Boys. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

10th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitator: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Putting fertilizer, Tree labelling.  Time: 8am to 2 pm

13th July 2018-Nature walk with children with special needs from Cherish.Facilitator: Saras

17th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Nature walk   Time: 8am to 2 pm

24th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Nature walk, Time: 8am to 2 pm

Please note that some activities maybe changed without notice due to unforseen circumstances. Some activities  maybe added on.

 

Summary of Activities at Biodiversity centre, Gunung Brinchang 2017

by Cheam May Choo

1.Research with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

A letter of intent was signed with the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK on the 31st of March 2017 at the biodiversity site in Gunung Brinchang.

In the Letter of Intent, it is stated that both parties shall cooperate in the field of research and conservation as well as field data sharing related to but not limited to research and development and other forms of academic/social collaboration and sharing of resources, facilities, knowledge and skills at the respective institutions for the purpose of research and conservation.After the signing, UMK presented Reach with 2 large posters and 3 research reports.The first poster is on butterflies, moths and beetles. and is prepared by students Nur Amira Zamari Aris, Nursyahirah Zakaria and Nurul Ain Sha’ari and lecturer Cik Nivaarani Arumugam.The second poster is on lichens.The lichens were photographed and documented by Dr Suganthi Appalasamy and Dr Boon Jia Geng

3 research reports were prepared by UMK students ie Diversity of Butterfly at Reach biodiversity centre by Nur Amira bt Zamari Aris, Diversity of Moth at Reach biodiversity centre by Nursyahirah bt Zakaria and Diversity of Beetles at Reach Biodiverisity centre by Nurul Ain Bt Sha’ari. All 3 studies were done at the Reach Biodiversity Centre from July 2016 to August 2016.

In July 2017, 3 groups of students and lecturers conducted research at the Biodiversity Centre. The groups are as follows:

GROUP 1                                                                                                                      

5 students and a lecturer conducted research on small mammals and bats from 6th to 20th of July 2017. The group was headed by  Dr. Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran

GROUP 2

This group of 5 students and 2 lecturers did research on flora from the 6 to 7th of July 2017 and were led by Dr. Suganthi Appalasamy.

GROUP 3

This group of 10 students, 2 lecturers and a lab assistant conducted research on flora from the 10th to 15th of July 2017 and were led by Dr. Nazahatul Anis Amaludin and  Dr. Radhiah Zakaria.

2.Collaboration with Meteorological Department on Climate Monitoring

In October 2016 a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Meteorological Department of Malaysia to cooperate in the development and support of research in Climate Monitoring and Atmospheric composition at the Biodiversity Centre in Gunung Brinchang. It would be for a period of 5 years. The findings would be shared by both parties.

In 2017, monitoring of 4 atmospheric parameters began. They include NO nitrogen oxide, NO2 nitrogen dioxide, SO2 sulphur dioxide, and NH# amnonia. Readings are taken monthly and shared with the Meteorological Department. A report on the findings will be out soon.

Reach would like to pay tribute to the memory of the late Mr Ong Lian Poh, former head of  Cameron Highlands Weather Station who worked hard to make this possible.

3.Research on preparation of soil improvement material for organic farming

Mr Ng Tien Khuan is currently conducting research on the preparation of soil improvement material using the biodynamic process. In 2017, good quality biodynamic preparation was successfully produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signing the Letter of Intent with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Following previous year’s discussion with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK, a letter of intent was signed with them on the 31st of March 2017 at the biodiversity site in Gunung Brinchang.

UMK was represented by (above picture from left to right)  Dr Kamarul Ariffin bin Kambali, Dr Nazahatul Anis Amaludin, Dr Radhiah Zakaria, Cik Nivaarani Arumugam, Assoc. Prof Dr Aweng Eh Rak, Dr Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran,Dr Suganthi Appalasamy, Dr Norrimi Rosaida Awang, En Roodhran Amirtham, Madam Aaina Syazwani bin Mohamad Amir Hamzah.

while REACH was represented by Encik Ramakrishnan Ramasamy, Puan Hazlinda, Mr Wong Seng Yee , Encik Uthaya Kumar and Encik Khairil.

In the Letter of Intent, it is stated that both parties shall cooperate in the field of research and conservation as well as field data sharing related to but not limited to research and development and other forms of academic/social collaboration and sharing of resources, facilities, knowledge and skills at the respective institutions for the purpose of research and conservation.

Upcoming activities for September and October 2016

We are pleased to announce that with the completion of the Standard 6 UPSR exams , more schools are able to participate in our programmes. Our mossy forest visits and biodiversity centre programmes are sponsored by CIMB bank, while our Community Stream Investigation and English based Environmental programmes are sponsored by HRH Tunku Imran and Mr Paul Chuah.

1.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SK Ringlet & SK Brinchang ;No of pax 29;Completed

20.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax: 20 Completed

21.9.16 Community Stream Investigation; SJKC Kea farm ; No of Pax: Whole school; Completed

22.9.16 Mossy forest tour and Bio-D Activity; SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax : 20;Pick up Point: Completed

26.9.16 Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D activity; SK Convent;  No of Pax: 32;Pick up Point : Tanah Rata Pasar Minggu site Completed

27.9.16 : Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D Activity; SJKT Tanah Rata ; No of Pax: 15 ; Pick up Point: Tanah Rata pasar minggu site Completed

27.9.16 English based Environmental Programme;SK KgRaja 10.30 to 12.30 pm ;Participants: Whole school Completed

4.10.16  Community Stream Investigation; SK Convent; No of pax: 32 Completed

5.10.16 English Based Environmental Programme;SJKC Tanah Rata;   No of pax: 80 Completed

18.10.16 Community Stream Investigation ; SJKC Cameron : 30 pax

11.11.16 Mossy Forest Visit and Bio D Activity; SJKC Tanah Rata;To be confirmed

 

Biodiversity and Environmental Research in Gunung Brinchang with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

10th July 2016-We are pleased to inform that beginning next week, the Faculty of Earth Science , Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK, will provide the expertise and assist REACH in conducting research at our biodiversity centre in Gunung Brinchang.

For the last few years,  our centre has been used mainly for environmental conservation awareness activities such as reforestation and educational mossy forest tours. We have also done documentation of highland birds and orchids. But this would be the first time that we are collaborating with a University to do research of the Highland Forest in a methodical way.

Our scientific advisor, Professor Maketab Mohamed, introduced the team from UMK and on the 14th of February 2016 they made their first trip up here. Besides reconnaissance and together with volunteers from UTM ,MNS Pahang and Hammock, they also set up some cloud harvesting panels as a “trial run.”