Mangrove forests once covered large areas of the coast of Singapore, particularly in the Northern and Western parts of the island. Today, not much is left of the original mangroves, but some of it has been preserved here at Pasir Ris. The boardwalk weaves through the mangrove, bringing you closer to the plants and animals that live here.
The mangrove is important because it acts as a buffer between land and sea. Apart from helping to halt erosion of the coast by breaking the strong forces of waves, it is also a haven for young animals and fish, which can hide in the dense roots.
We enjoyed a lovely stroll along the mangrove boardwalk and spotted loads of mangrove creatures like vinegar crabs, giant mudskippers, a variety of molluscs, monitor lizards, archer fish, striped-nosed halfbeaks, kingfisher, and even three large oriental pied hornbills perched in the trees.
The bird watching tower and look-out deck over Sungei Tampines also give birdwatchers a splendid view of a variety of birds.
We stopped to relax at the jetty overlooking Sungei Tampines and take in the scenery. It is here that we saw countless Archer Fish and Striped-nosed Halfbeaks swiming in the water. We also spotted a Kingfisher in flight as it skimmed the water’s surface.
If you’re lucky, you might see birds like the Little Egret feeding at the stream. At high tide, you may even spot eels, horseshoe crabs and the occasional Malayan Water Monitor swimming across the river.