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Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk 2019 - celebrating 26 years of the reserve!

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Wetland Centre)

301 Neo Tiew Crescent

Singapore, 718925

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A three-hour walk with nature guides to learn about mangroves, from the boardwalks and paths of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.

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We dedicate the walk to veteran naturalist Subaraj Rajathurai who had fought for nature in Singapore since the 1980's and up to his passing in October 2019, was closely engaged with all major engagements with developers either as a stakeholder or as a consultant. He was also a strong advocate for capacity building of young naturalists.

This 3-hour walk with nature guides confined to boardwalks and paths. Please register by Wed 4th December 2019. It is important that you cancel your registration if you are unable to attend.

We meet at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve Wetlands Centre (the older part of the reserve, NOT Kranji). See the map here. It will be mid to high tide that morning (8:47am – 2.77 meters ). Groups will set off with guides at 7.30am and 7.45am.

Your NUS Toddycats guides are: Kok Oi Yee, Airani S, Ivan Khong & N. Sivasothi aka Otterman.

  • Be prepared for rain and bring mosquito repellent.
  • Have a good breakfast or pack a snack. Bring a water bottle which you can refill.
  • Bring a pair of binoculars if you have one.

About the walk – Veteran guides from NUS Toddycats will regale you with stories about the animals, plants and ecology of the mangrove. During the high tide you will see tree-climbing crabs, mudskippers, drills, neritas, water monitors, archer fish, mullets, halfbeaks and garfish.

Besides the fauna and flora, their ecological adaptations and regional economic uses, we will also point out the nearby Mandai mangroves which are now a protected area, we will recall the WWII invasion of Singapore through this area and contemplate the uncommon scene of a river draining into the western straits of Johor!

It is also time to enjoy the view of migratory birds which have winged down from the north. And sometimes, resident crowd pleasers appear - our smooth-coated otters and crocodiles!

FAQs

Q: Is the guided nature walk free? A: Yes the guided walk is free!

Q: Where and when to meet? A: Look for your Toddycats guides at the Wetlands Centre of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. This is at the older part of the reserve at Neo Tiew Drive, NOT Kranji Way. See the map here.

Q: What if it rains? A: We meet rain or shine! We will wait out a storm and continue if there is no threat of lightning.

Q: Who do I inform if I realise I am unable to attend the event? A: There are LIMITED SPACES so please cancel your Eventbrite ticket and release your spot to someone on the waiting list.

Q: What advice do you have for participants?

  • Please do not generate TRASH during this trip; please use reusables and be sensitive to the environment.
  • Always HYDRATE - bring at least 1.5 liters of drinking water.
  • Have a GOOD breakfast before the walk.
  • Bring some SNACKS, especially if tend to get hungry.
  • Bring a RAINCOAT or poncho as it may rain.

Q: Who are the organisers and guides? A: NUS Toddycats are volunteer guides with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore with a passion for taking action for nature and the environment. The name "Toddycats" is a common name of the common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), a wild carnivore which survived the urbanisation of terrestrial Singapore.

Q: Why do you organise this walk? We want to acknowledge the efforts of conservationsts in NSS and government who worked to establish this area as a park (official opening 6th December 1993), then a nature reserve in 2001.

We dedicate the walk to veteran naturalist Subaraj Rajathurai who had fought for nature in Singapore since the 1980's and up to his passing in October 2019, was closely engaged with all major engagements with developers either as a stakeholder or as a consultant. He was also a strong advocate for capacity building of young naturalists. Read more about Subaraj here (Visit Singapore feature) and here (ST Life Interview).

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Wetland Centre)

301 Neo Tiew Crescent

Singapore, 718925

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