wild boar. It's possible to interact safely with wild animals if we stay calm and don't alarm them.
On this trip, we were joined by four enthusiastic young ladies, Pei Yan's students from CHIJ Katong Convent. Ca Lin, Isabel, Sarah Ooi and Vindhya would like to be nature guides! Hurray!
Oriental pied hornbill at the mangrove tree near the jetty. Leykun saw it trying to eat some of the fruits of the tree!
mudskippers large and small!
Mud lobster slowly moving around in the water! Chris spotted it and it's the first time in a long while that I've seen a live mud lobster on Chek Jawa. Mud lobsters play a critical role in the back mangroves, creating a special habitat that many other plants and animals depend upon.
Pei Yan and participants: Jonathan Tan on facebook.
I saw a fisherman laying a driftnet just off Chek Jawa. Earlier this month, we saw a fisherman lay a net well within the Chek Jawa lagoon. I sent the photo with the boat number to NParks and they had forwarded the photo to the Police Coast Guard. Since 2007, the waters around Chek Jawa has been officially designated as an area off limits to boaters, water recreational activities including fishing and swimming. Fishing goes on all the time on all our shores. On the way to Pulau Ubin, I saw a fisherman laying a driftnet near Changi Beach, while another was using a castnet in shallow water.
released earlier this month shows plans for a road link (black line) from the mainland jumping off at Punggol, crossing to Pulau Ubin through Chek Jawa to jump off to Pulau Tekong before circling back to the mainland on Changi East. Proposed reclamation (in yellow) will bury Pasir Ris shores, Pulau Sekudu and Chek Jawa as well as a large amount of shore at Changi Beach.
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Come see Chek Jawa for yourself! Here's some ways to do so:
- Intertidal walks at Chek Jawa for 2013 conducted by NParks are now open for registration.
- Visit Chek Jawa on your own at any tide! No need to book, no need to wait for low tide. All about the boardwalk and more info for visitors on the wildsingapore website. Pulau Ubin how to get there, what to see and do, on the wildsingapore website.
- Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs once a month, get updates on their blog. These tours are on the boardwalk and NOT on the seashore.
- TeamSeagrass at Chek Jawa volunteers who make a difference for Chek Jawa and our other shores. Join TeamSeagrass!
Any walks to other shores that I can join?