Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

My gal (I am going to call her Missy 10) and my boy (Master 8) ‘s school principal once called upon all parents to bring the children outdoors regularly. In fact, with the Ministry of Education initiative of “Leave no child inside”, I am going to aim to bring the children to nature places every weekend. With outdoor walks and play, we can bring the family closer, feel the endorphins surge = happy, give the children and also the adult some “childhood” plus being outdoors can keep myopia in check!

So, last weekend, we decided to visit Sungei Buloh for the very first time.

We invited the grandparents along. No doubt with the grandparents always come lots of joy because they always share lots of their childhood experience and knowledge with the grandchildren who greatly enjoy their company.

Sungei Buloh has 2 entrances and 2 main carparks, about 1 km away from each other.

One enters to the Wetland Centre nearer to Mangrove Trail and the other leads to the Visitor Centre to the Coastal Trail and Forest Trail.

We started from the Visitor Centre, went through Coastal Trail and Forest Trail and then to Mangrove Trail and Migratory Bird Trail (altogether 4 Trails) before we ended at the Wetland Centre.

Walking to the Visitor Centre on a Sunday morning

Walking to the visitor centre

The pond community

Coastal Trail

The pathways are easy to walk with concrete and wooden paths.

It was a breezy and cooling morning. We were lucky to have such weather on this day in the hot summer months in Singapore.

This is the fantail observation pod that oversees the scenery.

Fantail Oberservation Pod

We climbed up to the top and had a serene view in front of us.

Scenery

On the way, we saw many of such big spiders.

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And milipedes.

Catching milipede

And big red ants wrapped up in leaves. See the beautifully wrapped up pyramid shape leaves?

Ant in leaves

Mudskippers

Mudskipper

Signage - Mudskipper

As we walk, we see many informative signs and educational signboards like this one.

Treasures of the mangroves

Then we reach the “Mud Experience” at the Mudflats.

Mudfish

This net bridge is a joy to walk on and a hit for my kids, especially Master 3.

Net walkway

And it leads to more interesting things to see…

Mudfish 2

Water snake – see its head taking a breather out of water?

Snake

And the hub held up a Horseshoe crab for the kids to see in proximity

Horseshoe Crab

There are these information boards that were fun to play with. Just turn the wheel and the boards go up and down.

The boards introduce what you shall see in the Mudflats. Master 3 was thrilled since he loves anything that can turn like a steering wheel.

Information Board group

Next is the Migratory Bird Trail. We saw many of these gigantic birds silhouettes with amazing questions and answers.

Do you know that Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a wintering ground for Migratory birds as far as 28,000km from Russia and Alaska??

They can really fly!

Quest

What a tranquil scene!

Migratory Bird Trail

Migratory Bird Trail 2

Bird info

There are a few observation hides that allow bird watching without scaring them away.

Bird Observation Hide

Herons

Herons

When we reached the Migratory Bird Trail, it was a little too late to see many birds around as it was getting hotter. And some birds were too small to be captured with my mobile camera. But we saw these imprints of puppy foot steps which intrigued the little one.

Dog tracks

And saw huge monitor lizards and one that just swallowed a frog.

Monitor Lizards

We ended our excursion at the Gallery which was very informative on the water and land insects and animals found in Sungei Buloh.

Gallery

Gallery 2

There were real specimens displayed at the Visitor Centre.

Specimens

Our explorers 🙂

We enjoyed the trails which were not too long for young and old. And it truly is a Living Classroom!

If you are thinking of going to this place this long weekend, here are more information for you.

More information on Sungei Buloh:

Where: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent Singapore 718925

When: 7am to 7pm daily

How much: Admission is free

Tel: 67941401

Website: www.nparks.gov.sg/sbwr