Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Tanah Merah


Tanah Merah, located in the southeast of Singapore was reclaimed together with the Changi coast. Most of the reclaimed land is now occupied by the Changi Airbase and Changi Naval Base. There are also golf courses and a public ferry terminal in Tanah Merah.

The reclaimed land at Tanah Merah led to the development of open country habitats, where various grasses, sedges, scrubs and trees colonised and thus provided a habitat for various species of birds, including the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) and Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach).

Along the coastline of Tanah Merah, stretching from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the Changi Naval Base, are sandy beaches, mudflats, rocky seawalls and breakwater. Although the shores have been reclaimed, this stretch of coast still supports a diversity of marine life such as Dolphin Snail (Angaria delphinus), vulnerable Dubious Nerites (Clithon oualaniensis), Sand Stars (Astropecten sp.), and a variety of corals, anemones, crustaceans, and fishes. The shores have also attracted waders of sandy shore habitats such as the Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii), Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), and Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus).

Getting there

To get to Tanah Merah beach, take bus 35 or 570 from Tanah Merah MRT station to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. There are no buses plying Tanah Merah Coast Road.

Other Resources

Tan, R. Wild Shores of Singapore. http://wildshores.blogspot.com/. (Accessed October 2012).

Streetdirectory. 2012. Tanah Merah: Vast Land of Beaches, Country Clubs and Golf Courses. http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/singapore_district/1044/tanah_merah.php. (Accessed October 2012).


Crossland, A. C., 2002. Seasonal abundance of waterbirds at Tanah Merah beach, a newly formed inter-tidal habitat on the edge of reclaimed land in Singapore. Stilt, 42: 4-9.

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