Every third Saturday of the month (so the next one is this Saturday, 19th January), the National Parks of Singapore are holding free guided walks at Pasir Ris Mangrove Park, between 9am and 10am.
For anyone interested in spotting a mudskipper, discovering if a dog-faced water snake really looks like a dog, or looking for different types of crabs, these walks are lots of fun. Depending on tidal conditions, these seashore animals can be spotted at the sandy areas of the river mouth. Boardwalks run right through the mangrove and educational sign boards describe the biology of mangrove organisms.
When modern Singapore was founded in 1819, forest covered almost the whole of the island, with evergreen forest covering 82% of land, mangrove 13%, and freshwater swamp 5%. Having the third highest population density in the world, most of the forest has been cleared, with only 0.5% of total land area being mangrove. In the 90's, large mangrove areas west of the Causeway were developed for housing and other uses. This sad fact makes this little patch at Pasir Ris quite special.
So bring your cameras, mosquito repellant and a hat, and enjoy the swampy world.
Pasis Ris Park is also a popular place for picnics, fishing and cycling (bicycle hire is available), and there is good grassy areas for kicking a ball, so why not make a day of it?
Wild Wild Wet and Escape Theme Park are also next door, so really it could become a big day out...

Free Guided Walks
Meet at Pasis Ris Car Park C, 10 minutes before start of walk
for more information, tel: 64653305

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