since Jun 2009! I thought we should have a quick look around.
The mangroves here are narrow. The ground is too soft to cross from one edge to the other, so Brandon and I carefully walk along the edges.
|Sungei Pandan, 1987 from the Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore|
Api-api ludat (Avicennia officinalis). There were also lots of of large old Api-api bulu trees (Avicennia rumphiana).
Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea)!
Nipah palms (Nypa fruticans).
Api-api (Avicennia sp.), Nyireh (Xylocarpus sp.), Bakau minyak (Rhizophora apiculata) and Perepat (Sonneratia alba). Indeed there were many of these trees in the mangroves.
onch slugs (Family Onchidiidae) that I saw on the trip.
Mangrove helmet snails (Cassidula sp.), although I didn't come across the other snails of the Family Ellobiidae that are usually common in our mangroves.
Black Chut-chut (Cerithidea quadrata) on the tree trunks.
Black-mouth mangrove nerite (Dostia cornucopia). The snails here seem smaller than those I see in our other mangroves.
International Coastal Clean up Singapore (ICCS) a few months ago. Here's a post on the effort by staff, students and alumni of ICCS, and another by Project Angel. In 2008, ICCS took out 39 tyres from these mangroves!
Bakau putih (Bruguiera cylindrica) and the tall Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza) was still there.
We didn't get to do much of the mangroves at Sungei Pandan. I must come back and try to do the rest of the area here.
More about Sungei Pandan and the Pandan Reservoir in Kwok Chen Ko's The Forgotten Mangroves of Sungei Pandan.