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Bangka Island is identical as a tin and pepper producing area. it turns out there is a hidden beauty in it besides the beautiful beaches of rocky granite and choppy waves. One of the beauty of this is the forest biodiversity park opposite located in Namang village Central Bangka Regency.
Palawan Forest is about 25 km from Depati Amir Airport and can be reached about 30 minutes from Pangkalpinang city. To get around this forest, the local government has built jogging tracks and bridges made of wood with bright red paint that looks contrast with the darkness of forest and green trees. This bridge becomes an instagramable place and is one of iconic forests of Pelawan. At some point there is a small stage house that is also made of wood as a place to rest when tired down the forest. Other facilities that already exist are toilets, garbage cans, monitoring posts and places of worship.
The ecotourism of Pelawan Pelawan is the beauty of opposite vegetation with wild mushrooms and wild forest honey, various species of birds, tarsius bangkanus, along red paths and bridges, along rivers with water bikes, horse tours, culinary tours in the fields, and games child.
The 300 ha forest is a nature reserve for the unique flora and fauna of Bangka. According to syahputra, environmental scientist and wildlife photographer who worked in the Agriculture and Livestock Service of Central Bangka Regency, since 2011 until now, he managed to record 6 types of amphibia, 14 species of reptiles, 100 species of birds (the famous bird king of shrimp) and 14 a type of mammal in which 25 species are listed as red IUCN (International Union For Conservation Of Nature) is an international institution that records the types of animals and plants with conservation status is worrying. One of the animals found there is the animal Tarsius bangkanus or tarsius bangka, which is a small, palm-sized primate animal that belongs to a rare animal in the world.
Tarsius is a nocturnal animal that moves at night. In the daytime tarsius sleep and difficult to take the picture because he hides behind the leaves let alone the primate body is just a handful of fist. There are several things that cause difficulty in finding tarsius. First, one tarsius requires a territory of 2-3 hectares. If the breeding season, one region can have one pair of tarsiers. However, after the mating season passes the males go again looking for new areas. Another cause is due to the influence of habitat. Tarsius does not want to live in a forest with a large tree. They tend to choose forests that have small trees as beds.
This forest consists of a variety of tree species such as gelam, leting, pelawan, and rempodong. As the name implies, the captive tree is a plant endemic to the island of Bangka most often found in Pelawan forest. Tree Pelawan named latin Tristaniopis merguensis Griff has a characteristic that is when the skin stems peeled visible stems are red. Pelawan wood is widely used by the population as a building material, shipbuilding materials, stems peyangga pepper plant is associated advantages that are not easily weathered. In addition, residents also use as firewood because the wood when the combustion fighting baranya can last longer and hotter than other wood even in wet conditions.
Another uniqueness in the Palawan forest is the Pelawan Mushroom. The fungus is a typical mushroom of Bangka island that usually grows in the rainy season, and the mushroom harvest period is usually a year twice ie the end of March and mid-September. This mushroom has a red color with a delicious taste and chewy, grows very fast within four days and when it has been harvested can only last for three days, if not immediately processed it will rot. A harvest period that is only twice a year, the delicious taste and the benefits it contains cause the price of this mushroom to be very expensive at around 2 million kilograms of dried mushrooms. There is a mythical story behind the Pelawan mushroom, said according to residents of Bangka, Palawan mushrooms can grow if there is lightning or lightning. Regarding the truth there is a need for further research of the relationship between lightning and the breeding of fighting mushrooms. The villagers of Namang used to treat Pelawan mushrooms into delicious dishes. For visitors can enjoy it when eating bedku or eat together in Saung Namang Village.
In addition to the opponent mushroom, the famous forest product of the Pelawan Forest is bitter honey Pelawan. Honey Pelawan, Bangka Island flagship product is sourced from the wild bee Apis dorsata who suck the flower nectar from the tree of the opponent. According to one manager of Pelawan Forest, the flavor of the opposite honey is somewhat bitter. However, after the honey is swallowed, the bitter taste is gone. The bitter taste is due to the content of alkaloid compounds