Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Mangrove exploration


Guided Walks and Self-exploratory Walks

Mangroves provide an excellent setting as an outdoor classroom for students to explore and learn about the ecology and diversity of the unique plants and animals that live there.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve covers one of Singapore’s largest stretches of mangroves that are accessible to the public. There are trails and boardwalk bringing visitors closer to its plants and animals without having to get dirty in the mud. Some of the other mangroves that can be easily explored while on the comfort of boardwalks are located at Pasir Ris Park, Berlayer Creek, and Admiralty Park. There are also large stands of mangroves on our offshore islands, although many are within restricted areas. One that is readily open to the public is located on Pulau Ubin. Storyboards can often be found along the boardwalks to guide visitors along in their exploration of the mangrove, providing details on the characteristics of the mangrove plants and animals found along the walk. Mangroves without any amenities such as those at Mandai Mangroves, Loyang Creek, and Sungei Pandan can still be explored but be prepared to get yourself very muddy.

Guided walks to mangrove areas are available at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, and Pulau Ubin. Some of the organisations conducting these walks include Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR), National Parks Board (NParks), and Mangrove Action Squad.

When to visit

As visitors can explore the mangroves from a boardwalk, visitors can visit at high tide or low tide. Low tides will unveil the muddy substrate on which many animals will be out and about, often foraging. The mudflats also provide a feeding spot for many shorebirds. The different breathing roots of mangrove trees will also be exposed at low tide. At high tides however, visitors can observe various species of fishes and watch as Tree-climbing Crabs (Episesarma spp.) scramble up the trees to avoid predators in the water.

If you are exploring mangrove areas without any boardwalks, you can only do so when the tide is out. But do watch out for the tide coming in. It is advisable not to visit these areas alone as help may not readily available.

Other Resources

Cicada Tree Eco-place. 2012. Cicada Tree Eco-place. http://www.cicadatree.org.sg/index.html. (Accessed November 2012).

Mangrove Action Squad. 2012. Mangrove Action Squad. http://mangroveactionsquad.wordpress.com/. (Accessed November 2012).

Naked Hermit Crabs. 2012. Adventures with the Naked Hermit Crabs. http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.sg/. (Accessed November 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Nature Tours & Walks. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=99&Itemid=101. (Accessed November 2012).

National University of Singapore. 2001-2012. Education Workshops and Programmes. http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/workshop/index.html. (Accessed November 2012).

Nature Society (Singapore). 2012. Nature Society (Singapore): Watching the Wild, Watching Over the Wild. http://www.nss.org.sg/. (Accessed November 2012).

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