TeamSeagrass. I also got a chance to share the shore with NParks.
Yuet Hsin and her colleagues are planning to do guided walks here for the public. How nice! Here she is taking a photo of a Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) just in front of the boardwalk! I saw more of them along the shore.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) just off the newly built boardwalk at Berlayar Creek!
Nerite snails (Family Neritidae) that have different patterns on the round shell. These nervous snails will drop off a rock if they are alarmed, bouncing in all directions like marbles. This is probably how they can quickly escape from predators like crabs.
Marina at Keppel Bay which has awesome marine life too!
blogged about earlier. The Saga tree got a bit chopped but hopefully it will grow back. And we spot this strange tree that is some kind of fig, I'm not sure which kind.
Peanut worm! On the rest of the shore, I only saw a few Acorn worms, although there were many large solitary tubeworms (Diopatra sp.).
Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa) which is listed as vulnerable. There are several of these trees along Berlayar Creek. According to Dr John Yong "most importantly, botanically speaking for Singapore, Tanjung Berlayar is the only place on Singapore mainland to have at least 10 trees of Rhizophora stylosa."
wild shores of Sentosa. Here, there are also all kinds of interesting marine life from hard corals to seagrasses, and many rare plants growing on the beautiful natural cliffs.
Leafmonkey Workshop conducted the finale of the Guides of Singapore shores workshops with a field trip to Berlayar Creek to practice what we had learned.
Read more about the boardwalk and download a DIY Trail-Guide on the NParks website. More about the opening of the boardwalk in Jan 2012, how it was built and more background on this shore.
Alas, during out trip today, we saw lots of golf balls gathered at the usual spot under the boardwalk. Fortunately, this time, there were many hands, which made quick work of collecting and removing the golf balls.
February 2012, one blog reader kindly highlighted the golf ball issue with Keppel Club. He also shared the Club's reply. The Club had said that their maintenance team had been directed to investigate the situation and will do a clean up to remove the golf balls within the next few days. And that they will do their part to prevent golf balls from entering the creek.
Alas, it seems whatever action taken by the Club has not stopped golf balls from entering the Creek.
Update 26 Apr: I wrote to the Club again after today's trip, and received an immediate update from the Club:
We have carried numerous clean up since we have received your last feedback. In addition we have installed a new metal screen at the mouth of the drain outlet to catch any golf balls that could have drain through the driving range. However from our own clean up, the golf balls revealed that mostly are not range balls. In addition the location where you picked the golf balls are out of the range of play. We are in the process of investigating. We will continue to clean up as much and as often as possible but more importantly we want to stop the source of the problem.
It's good to know that the Club is doing their best to stop this problem!
More about flora and fauna seen on Berlayar on previous trips:
- Finale of the Guides of Singapore Shores work shop in Aug 10
- What can we see at Berlayar Creek?
- More mangrove flora and fauna seen in Mar 09.
- More rocky shore creatures and big trees at Bukit Cermin seen in Mar 09.
- More reefy creatures seen during a low tide seen in Apr 09.
- Quick look at Berlayar shore in Jan 09.
- Canoeing up Berlayar mangroves in May 10.