28 January 2018

Discover Sungei Buloh!

If you've not been, this weekend is a great time to visit Singapore's only wetland reserve! Where die die, you can see crocodile (cross fingers). Flocks of awesome migratory birds, not to mention mudskippers, crabs and more!
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Eagle Point
This weekend Sungei Buloh will be celebrating World Wetland Day, with activities for kids, walks to explore the mangroves and a talk about mangrove restoration. But every weekend, there are free public walks and other activities at the Reserve.

The Reserve Visitor Centre at Kranji Way is a great place to start your exploration.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Fun spots include these googly eyed mudskippers for that perfect mangrove selfie. And a mangrove-themed playground for kids called the Junior Adventure Trail.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: mudskipper sculptures
Check out the nearby freshwater ponds teeming with waterbirds.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Take a break and chill out in the air-conditioned gallery while learning more about Singapore mangroves
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Mangrove Gallery
Then head out towards the Wetland Centre. At Eagle Point overlooking Johor Baru, you can watch eagles soar and hunt when the tide is right. Spot fishes, sting rays and horseshoe crabs.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Eagle Point
Have a closer look at the mangrove mud by trying out the rope bridges at the Mud Experience. Rated as the most fun spot in the Reserve by some.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mud Experience
Investigate the iconic onion-shaped 'pods' that give you a birds' eye view of the mangroves.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Kingfisher Pod
Stop by scenic spots such as the  lovely freshwater pond at the Wetland Centre.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Wetland Centre
At the Main Bridge, it's easy to spot birds in the trees lining the water.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Main Bridge
In the water, fat Archerfishes often hang around under the bridge especially when the tide is turning.
Banded archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix)
You are quite likely to see a crocodile or two! More about crocodiles in Singapore.
Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
A little further on, the Main Hide is a great place to spot shorebirds that rest or feed in the mudflats of the Reserve. More about shorebirds in Singapore.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Main Hide
There are more trails into the Reserve for an easy stroll. But the gravelly paths are not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Route 1
Along the way, there are hides which allows us to get close to birds, if we are quiet.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Bird Hide
The Mangrove Boardwalk at the Wetland Centre is more suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mangrove boardwalk
It meanders through lush mangroves where you can take a closer look at strange mangrove trees, and hear the call of many kinds of birds.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mangrove boardwalk
High tide is a great time to spot tree climbing crabs as they climb up the mangrove trees to avoid swimming predators that come in with the water. Mudskippers climb up too! More about mudskippers in Singapore.
Tree climbing crab (Episesarma sp.)
There are large shelters where you can stop to enjoy the fresh air, peaceful surroundings and observe wildlife.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mangrove boardwalk
There are lots of maps and signs. With shelters to rest and in case of wet weather.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: trails
There is no cafe at the Reserve. But at the Wetland Centre, there are vending machines selling all kinds of food and items you may need for your trip.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Automated vending store

Marvelous Mangrove activities!

The Reserve has many regular activities, all are free but registration is required due to limited places.

At Sungei Buloh only, join a fascinating demonstration of traditional prawn farming and harvesting. The kids will have a great time watching the different kinds of marine life that turn up when harvesting a traditional prawn farm!  The next demo is on 24 Mar (Sat).

Guided tours in Mandarin (Chinese) are also regularly conducted at the Reserve. Join the upcoming ones on 18 Feb (Sun) and 24 Mar (Sat).

This weekend, lots of mangrove fun at the Reserve!
3 Feb (Sat): World Wetlands Day - Sungei Buloh Wetland Family Adventure
3 Feb (Sat): What's in my mangroves?
3-4 Feb (Sun): World Wetlands Day activities by NParks

Links to more information

This article is written for Celebrating Singapore Shores as part of International Year of the Reef 2018.

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