Nature lovers, there’s no better time than the present to explore all the mangroves and wetlands around Singapore! Each one of them is teeming with such rich biodiversity that you’ll have to keep your eyes constantly peeled on your surroundings to take in all the beautiful flora and fauna. Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your family members and start exploring!
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Tucked away in Pasir Ris Park is a mangrove forest that’s perfect for family walks. Get up close with the inhabitants of the mangrove by walking through the boardwalk. In the middle of it all, there’s also a bird watching tower and look-out deck that gives you a splendid bird’s eye view of the area. Sometimes, you may even get to see fireflies if you’re here in the evening!
Pasir Ris Mangrove Forest, 60 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Singapore 519497, www.nparks.gov.sg/pasir-ris-park
Located in the eastern end of Pulau Ubin is the Chek Jawa Wetlands. It’s a really unique natural area where six major ecosystems meet! Is that cool or what? The best time to visit the wetlands is during low tides of 0.5 meters and below; it’s best you refer to the tides table when planning a visit to avoid disappointment. The trip might take at least half a day for the whole family, but it’s definitely worth it since there’s an amazing range of biodiversity you’ll get to see while touring the wetlands.
Chek Jawa Wetlands, www.nparks.gov.sg/chek-jawa-wetlands
This one’s pretty impressive! The Learning Forest is located in the new Tyersall-Gallop Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and is designed to integrate with the existing rainforest to form a huge forest habitat. The area comprises boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow you to explore various habitats, including a freshwater forest wetland and a lowland forest. You’ll even get to see wild fruit trees, tropical bamboos and some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia, all housed under The Learning Forest.
The Learning Forest, 1 Cluny Rd, Botanical Garden, Singapore 259569, www.nparks.gov.sg/the-learning-forest
Coney Island is a beautiful, tranquil park that lets you immerse yourself in its greenery while taking a short break from city life. It also houses a wide variety of habitats, including coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves and casuarina woodlands. Some of the flora and fauna it’s home to is even critically endangered or presumed nationally extinct in the wild — so there’s much to explore and take in for nature enthusiasts. Cycling through the park is also a good idea and will be a fun activity for the young ones!
Coney Island, www.nparks.gov.sg/coney-island-park
Berlayer Creek is part of Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk, and is one of two remaining mangroves in the south of Singapore. It consists of three different habitats, including mangroves, rocky shore and mudflats. Of course, it’s also home to diverse flora and fauna, so the family will have a lot of fun exploring and identifying different species along the way!
Berlayer Creek, www.nparks.gov.sg/berlayer-creek
Discover the wonders of nature at Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park. Explore the wetlands and its extensive mangrove forest, home to rich biodiversity. There are so many trails you can explore here, and be prepared to spot inhabitants like mudskippers, crabs, water snakes and even otters! During the migratory season from September to March, you might just be lucky enough to spot a flock of shorebirds or waders!
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 60 Kranji Way, #01-00, Singapore 739453, www.nparks.gov.sg/sungei-buloh-wetland-reserve
The Hampstead Wetlands Park is a conducive environment for plants, birds and other wildlife that inhabit freshwater ecosystems to thrive. Bring the family here for a relaxing walk in this serene environment, while at the same time looking out for wildlife in the trees and water. There are no inclines throughout the trail here, so even the youngest of kiddos will feel okay on this easy walk.
Hampstead Wetlands Park, 1 Baker St, Singapore 799977, www.nparks.gov.sg/hampstead-wetlands-park
Families looking for a short hike can consider visiting the Kranji Marshes. It’s relatively small compared to other wetlands and mangroves around Singapore, and can more of less be completed in 30 minutes. Within the marshes are over 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies. It’s definitely an important habitat in the Kranji area for conservation of biodiversity, and one that’s worth checking out and exploring as a family.
Kranji Marshes, 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2,
Singapore 718814, www.nparks.gov.sg/kranji-marshes
Located within Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Keppel Discovery Wetlands is actually a restoration project of the forest wetland ecosystem that was historically found in the vicinity. You can find a curated collection of plants here and also wetland habitats which are highly endangered right now. There’s also the Pulai Marsh within the area that is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Keppel Discovery Wetlands, 753 Tyersall Ave Singapore 257700 Tyersall Ave, Singapore 257700, www.nparks.gov.sg/keppel-discovery-wetlands
If you’re looking to go on a leisurely stroll with your tot in tow, Rasau Walk is perfect because of how easy the trail is. You can enjoy the lovely scenery as you make your way through the 300m boardwalk that meanders through a restored freshwater swamp. In it lives over 50 species of plants, and the interface between land and water also provides feeding opportunities for certain birds — maybe you’ll catch sight of them if you’re lucky!
Rasau Walk, 9 Japanese Garden Rd, Singapore 619228, www.nparks.gov.sg/rasau-walk
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