Sungei Buloh, Singapore’s Wetland Reserve
For nature-lovers, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore offers the beauty and wonders of the wetlands with an extensive mangrove forest, awarded a certificate by the Wetlands International, marking the reserve’s entry into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network.
Just a warning foreword before coming, while dressing light for the weather is appropriate, do come prepared with mosquito repellents. I suppose the female mosquitoes here lack proper food sources and we humans lightly dressed is just what they need …hahaha! 😀The biodiversity here is rich, and really natural unlike a zoo. And the wildlife here really is in the wild. I have heard Australians saying that it is safe to swim in freshwater lakes even if there are crocs, but dangerous to do the same in salt water lakes with crocs. Well … I am not taking my chances with the freshwater crocs in Singapore’s freshwater. I have no intention of being the first foolish fella to be published on the national news for being “the first fool to jump into a freshwater crocs-infested water to test whether he will be eaten” 😆 Of course besides the dangerous crocodiles lurking in the water, there are unique bird life to observe as well. The range of birds using these wetlands include local residential birds like Storks, various species of Egrets and Herons and migratory birds like Plovers, Sandpipers, etc . While I am not anywhere close to being a bird-“scientist”, the natural setting here makes for fantastic photographs of nature! I got some fantastic shots of the giant and baby monitor lizards here too! And there are much more wildlife here than just these … For me, being there that day at Sungei Buloh had a difference significance. Appreciating nature was the secondary objective. The primary goal there was actually to give back to nature. I was there with my colleagues on a mission, to plant 50 trees to reduce our company’s carbon footprint in collaboration with NParks, the national park authority in Singapore. It’s not an everyday activity that one gets to do as an urban dweller, to contribute back to nature. Against the heat of the sun beating down on us, the planting session was accomplished with everyone feeling a sense of achievement for having done something for our environment as much as we were hot, sweaty, muddy and tired. Well …. while tree planting is not something that anyone can walk to Sungei Buloh to do anytime without prior organization with NParks, there is still alot of other natural activities that one can do. There are guided walks once a week every Saturday (registration required) led by certified nature guides, there are also guided walks into the mudflats revealing lesser known creatures. For the more independent-at-heart, there are also nature trails that one could explore at one’s own pace… Enjoy the nature here and leave nothing behind but footsteps, take nothing away but photographs and good memories. 😎