Sungei Buloh Wetlands ReserveSungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve

EXPLORING THE SUNGEI BULOH WETLANDS

Situated in Singapore’s northeast is one of the most interesting natural spots you’ll visit in Singapore, the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. The area has long been used as a stopover for migratory birds, and is home to several species of plants and animals, but it was only in 1989 that the government of Singapore made it a nature park. Today, the reserve is a great place to spend a day, and is a favourite haunt of bird watchers and nature photographers. 

Spanning more than 200 hectares, the reserve is home to a range of habitats including mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forest. Guided walks are available and are suitable for all fitness levels. If you prefer to explore on your own, check out one of the many nature trails around the reserve. You’ll see observation pods as you walk around, which are excellent spots to observe your surroundings. Generally, the quieter you are, the higher the chance of seeing wildlife.

The bird species in Sungei Buloh are varied. Resident birds include herons, kingfishers and fruit pigeons; migrants include the drongo cuckoo and Himalayan Swiftlet – but there are very many more species to look out for. Some, like the long-tailed parakeet, are near-threatened and other such as the Nordmann’s Greenshank are endangered.

It’s not just birds that make the reserve come alive, however. Walk around and you’ll come across mudskippers, molluscs and Malayan water monitors – although you’ll want to stay clear of the long tails and claws of these large lizards. Water monitors lash out with their tails when they are provoked, so it’s sensible to keep a safe distance from them. You might even spot some massive saltwater crocodiles in the area!

If you’re planning a trip to Sungei Buloh, wear sturdy walking shoes and light, comfortable clothing. Sunblock, insect repellant and plenty of water are essential, and a pair of binoculars will help you spot interesting species of birds from a distance. In the case of thunderstorms, take shelter immediately in one of the many covered areas around the Reserve.

And of course, in order to allow the reserve’s inhabitants to flourish in peace, remember to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.