Rick and Wei Kit are working on their own time to complete the mapping of every tree at Mandai mangroves. This is probably one of the few studies that maps trees in a mangrove so comprehensively. Rick says "Only 1,500 trees to go!" Rick and Wei Kit are both Malaysians but feel deep passion for their work which they hope will help support the conservation of Mandai mangroves.
Bumble bee gobies (Brachygobius kabiliensis) and one other larger sandy coloured goby.
Buta-buta trees (Excoecaria agallocha) were blooming. Also called Blind-your-eye because the sap may cause temporary blindness, male and female flowers are found on separate trees. Male flowers are long and fluffy while female flowers are much shorter.
|Top row: male flowers, Bottom row: female flowers.|
all along the Northern shoreline including Sungei Buloh.
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata) tree was badly damaged by a fallen tree. Gedabu trees are rare in our mangroves because we have lost so much of our back mangroves. In Mandai, so far I've only seen two Gedabu trees, now down to one.
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii). This seagrass is considered globally rare and uncommon. But the seagrass is abundant at Mandai as well as Kranji and Sungei Buloh.
"Mandai mangrove, Singapore: Lessons for the conservation of Southeast Asia’s mangroves". Hopefully, this large and growing body of scientific work will help convince of the value of Mandai mangroves.
There is a great deal of work ahead of us to document, raise awareness, and consult with and persuade decision-makers to consider conservation of all our natural heritage. Fortunately, there are many people who have been doing these for some time already. We just have to do more of it, lots more.
Rick and Wei Kit's dedication remind me that each one of us has to do our part in this effort. We can't give up now. Thank you guys!
You CAN make a difference for our mangroves! Ordinary people can help with a project to collect, count and sort mangrove seedlings at Sungei Buloh. Or just come and see our fascinating mangroves for yourself. The Naked Hermit Crabs conduct free monthly guided walks at the mangroves of Chek Jawa and there are weekly free guided walks at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.