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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Singapore) - Bumble Bee Mum

Ever since I read about KidsRSimple’s visit to the revamped Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, I told myself I should bring the kids there one day.  But oh well, procrastination is what I do best.  Then haze came along, and outdoor activities became few and far between.  So this week, when the haze finally cleared, we seized the opportunity to strike off this item from our Singapore bucket list (if there was one to begin with).

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After parking our car, we followed some giant footprints towards the entrance of the reserve.  Reminded me of Jurassic World.

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It had rained that morning, which was perfect because the rain washed away the haze and kept the weather very cooling.  But we slapped on layers of mosquito repellent before venturing any further.

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Along the way, we spotted some signboards with quick Q&As about the shore birds that visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

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After a short walk, we arrived at the new Wetland Centre!  There was a gallery with overload of information about the reserve that the 2 year old wasn’t too interested in.

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He squealed in delight at something outside the window, which turned out to be some water plant.

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And then ran around the little pebble garden outside the gallery.

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And managed to spot his first bird and fish!

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I was pretty looking forward to the Mangrove boardwalk that KidsRSimple wrote about.  But it was closed when we were there!! *horrors* So please note:

The mangrove boardwalk is closed for repairs from 1 Oct 2015 to 31 March 2016.

That’s like a huge bummer. But it’s okay, we still have the rest of the *yawns* reserve to walk around.

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After running through the Dos and Don’ts, we headed into the reserve and started the walk along the Migratory Bird Trail.

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September to March is supposed to be the migratory season, so let’s see if we manage to ‘catch sight of the diverse flocks of shorebirds or waders’ as mentioned in the website.  MY couldn’t wait and dashed across the main bridge.

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I took my time to enjoy the scenery from the bridge.  I felt like I have left Singapore.  Such serenity.

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But a sign asking us to watch out for crocodiles shook me up.  Throughout the entire visit, I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to spot a crocodile or not.  On one hand, I thought it would be cool to spot one.  On the other, the whole idea of spotting a wild crocodile was pretty terrifying.

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Btw, my sister who visited a few weeks back spotted a crocodile. *shivers* In the end, the only crocodile we spotted was a wall mural.

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After crossing the main bridge, our walk around the Migratory Bird Trail officially begun.

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We first arrived at the Main Hide.  Immediately we spotted some shore birds! But they were pretty far and my camera couldn’t zoom that far.  Unlike the uncle with the pro-looking camera – he was surely better prepared than us! We should have brought binoculars!

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We continued down the trail, surrounded by mangrove forests on both sides of the path.  And I kept looking out to see if any crocodiles were lurking around.  I was scaring myself silly!

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Along the trail, there were several of these observation screens for visitors to peek through.

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And how thoughtful of them to have holes low enough for the kids to reach.

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We did not spot any birds as we walked along and I was wondering if the little one was getting bored.  But he seemed somewhat entertained.

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We came to Hide 1E.  Didn’t spot any shore birds here, but the pictures around the hide were beautiful!

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Besides Observation Screens and Hides, there were also viewing platforms.

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The little one seemed to be doing well, despite the fact that we haven’t been spotting anything remotely interesting since we left the main hide.

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We decided to give up spotting the birds and look for interesting things among the trees instead.  Once in a while, we would come across some fruits and flowers.

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And if you keep your eyes really peeled, there are many little bugs and not-so-little spiders around.

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Around halfway through the walk, we spotted a tower! We excitedly climbed up to the top of the Aerie Tower! And yippee, we were rewarded with the sight of many shore birds!

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The flock of shore birds seemed to know someone was watching and decided to put on a little flight show for us.

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After the flight show ended, we continued down the trail and headed to Hide 1C – which was my favourite Hide.

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From Hide 1C, we could see the same flock of birds closer to us, and it would have been a better vantage point for the flight show earlier!

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What was more interesting in Hide 1C was that there were many little crabs in the swamp that the hide surrounded!

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MY spent some time checking out the little crabs before moving on reluctantly.   But we were treated to yet another sight shortly after leaving the hide.

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A huge monitor lizard!! MY was super excited and wanted to go up to it, but I held him back.

 

We took what seemed like a hundred photos of the monitor lizard before moving on… Only to discover a MUCH BIGGER one right in front!! However, this one scattered the moment it saw us nearing and swam away in the water.

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And that was not the end.  Eventually, we saw so many of these monitor lizards just lazing along the path until they were no longer a novelty.

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And to complete what was to be a very fruitful visit, we spotted a squirrel towards the end!

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Despite the initial disappointment of the mangrove boardwalk being closed, the walk along the migratory bird trail was extremely rewarding for us!  I was initially worried that the 2 year old would find it boring and complain non-stop, but he seemed to enjoy himself.

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I shall visit again next year after the mangrove boardwalk repairs are done.  Till then, I need to go find a pair of binoculars.

Tips for Visiting Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve:

  • The whole walk was level with no slopes nor stairs.  Which makes bringing a stroller or wheelchair possible.
  • Slap on LOTS of mosquito repellent.
  • Bring binoculars to get a better view of the birds.
  • Migratory season is September to March.  But throughout the year, you can still find resident birds such as herons, kingfishers and sunbirds. If you are lucky.
  • Mangrove Boardwalk is scheduled for repair until 31 March 2016.
  • The walk in the post is only the Migratory Bird Trail – which is just one part of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.  For a thorough visit of all the available trails, you should prepare to spend the whole day there.  Click here for full map of the reserve.

Information on Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Address:

  • Visitor Centre: 60 Kranji Way, #01-00 Singapore 739453
  • Wetland Centre: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent Singapore 718925

Map: Click here for Google Map Location

Getting There: 

There is a shuttle bus, Kranji Express, bringing visitors from Kranji MRT station to Sungei Buloh.  This bus operates daily.  Click here for shuttle bus schedule.

 

Opening Hours: 7 am to 7 pm daily

Contact Telephone Number: 67941401

Official Website: Homepage

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9Comments

  1. Thanks for linking up! They actually close the Mangrove boardwalk for 6 mths! Must be major repairs considering it is so new. You certainly took better photographs than me. Did you drop by the Hay dairies or quail farm nearby?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I was wondering why such a long repair when it was apparently quite new? Sad.. By the time they reopen, migration season would be over though. I didn’t go to any of the farms – MY totally concussed by the end of the migratory bird trail! Lol… We spent 2 hours just walking that trail alone.

  2. That pebble garden…amazing, i want to go there just to see that!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Okay, it was not THAT interesting. Sungei Buloh is super out of the way, I wouldn’t go there just to see those pebbles. Though I can’t wait for the repair works on the new boardwalk to be done – think that would be more interesting.

  3. pc says:

    Love all the big and clear and green and wild photos of yours!!! Love the pebble garden, too;) What a great idea! We went there once before the refurbishment, in 2013. Hope to remember by then when the boardwalk is reopen.

  4. It’s indeed a lovely place and suitable for anyone. Quite a contrast from the typical busy Singapore. =)
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