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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

By: kimberly on 01 Feb 2012
301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore

(+65) 6794 1401

Operating Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 7.30am - 7pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 7am - 7pm


Located at Neo Tiew Crescent, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a large mangrove swamp catchment area located around the Northern coast of Singapore. Its ability to capture sediments with the help of its massive root system not only prevents erosion, but provides a self-preserving ecological system and safe haven for a wide range of coastal plants, animals and fishes.

The reserve was designated as a nature park in 1989, three years after a group of avid birdwatchers from the then Malayan Nature Society's Singapore branch stumbled upon it and proposed that it be conserved. Attracting people from all walks of life, the park welcomed its 100 000th visitor in 1994 and three years later, HSBC set up the Sungei Buloh Education Fund to support its nature outreach programmes. The park was later gazetted as a nature reserve in 1 Jan 2002.

Sungei meaning 'river' and Buloh 'Bamboo' in Malay, suggests that bamboo shoots previously existed within the vicinity. Such bamboos are said to be lost due to the rise of the prawning industry in the 19th century.

Visit the nature reserve to see wildlife in their original habitats, including wild otters, crocodiles, monitor lizards, kingfishers and herons in the 130-hectare area. Migratory waders or shorebirds from North Asia and the Southern Hemisphere are also expected to be seen since the Reserve is an important part of the East Asian Migratory Flyway. Come during the months of September to March to see these migratory birds. The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is proud to be a member of the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network, which is in partnership with Australia's Kakadu National Park, China's Mai Po and Japan's Yatsu Tidal Flats.

Choose from three main routes, all of which provide observation decks for watching migratory birds, depending on your interests and your level of athleticism. Notable sighs include a prawn pond with a traditional prawning demonstration and a freshwater habitat where the nesting Baya Weaver and other waterbirds flock to.

Educate yourself about the Reserve by signing up with various events when you visit Singapore or participate in a free guided tour.

Visit the Reserve to see one of the few nature reserves in Singapore and check out the wildlife that have taken up residence here.

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