Saturday, April 5, 2014

26 Apr (Sat) morning: Free guided walk at Chek Jawa

Specially for family and kids! Celebrate Earth Day with this FREE guided walk at the Chek Jawa boardwalk with enthusiatic volunteer guides from the Naked Hermit Crabs!

Sign up at the Online Registration Form, and we will confirm your attendance via email in a few days!

Date: 26 Apr (Sat)
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
Cost: Free

Here is a preview of what you can see from the broadwalk at Chek Jawa!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March is month of Durian Flowers and Little Piggies

The Crabs are back in action after a 2-month break! And we have lots of interesting stuff to report from our short outing to Chek Jawa with 50 visitors and 7 guides.

Some of the guides are huge durian fans, so we always look out for durian flowers when we visit Chek Jawa in March. Impeccable timing because we did find a carpet of durian flowers on the gravel path near the information kiosk! Guys, this means we are on target to have a bountiful durian harvest in July. On one very important condition though .... that the humble, often-maligned fruit bats are still there to perform their very important role of fruit-pollinator in Chek Jawa. We always remind our visitors: No bats, no durians!

We also found out an interesting fact over the weekend. The durian flower can be used as an ingredient in some South-east Asian recipes: durian blossom curry, with belacan, in a soup, or fried in an omelette, according to Grace, one of our nature-loving friends. Here's a collection of recipes from the Internet that use durian flowers as an ingredient. We learnt something new again!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

12 Apr (Sat) evening: Free guided walk at the Pasir Ris mangroves

Especially for families and kids! Join this FREE guided walk by enthusiastic volunteer guides. All you have to do is fill out this online registration form.
Naked Hermit Crabs Guestbook (Pasir Ris 17 Mar 2012)
Pasir Ris mangroves is just a short walk away from Pasir Ris MRT station, and is supported by a broadwalk that passes through the entire area, so it is all very safe and you will not get your shoes muddy! Despite this, there are many animals to be seen from the broadwalk, like mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, shorebirds and many fish. If you are lucky, otters and monitor lizards may even grace us with their presence! We promise that you will have an awesome time exploring the mangroves with the Naked Hermit Crabs!

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 - Free Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips on the 4th Saturday of each month

Hi Friends, we are back with our monthly Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips! This year, we've picked to do our walks on the 4th Saturday morning of each month. This date avoids all major low tide dates and also long weekends when Ubin can get crowded. It works well for the volunteer guides too as these dates 'conflict' least with the low tide shore trips that many of the Crabs are doing with various organisations.


Proposed dates for 2014:
22 Mar (Sat) - school holidays
26 Apr (Sat)
24 May (Sat)
28 Jun (Sat) - school holidays
26 Jul (Sat)
27 Sep (Sat)
25 Oct (Sat)
22 Nov (Sat) - school holidays
27 Dec (Sat) - school holidays

Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: around 2 hours
Fees: none. You just have to pay for transport to get to Chek Jawa.

Why are we doing these free nature walks?

Simply because we want to share our love for the mangroves and inter-tidal ecosystems with you. These walks have proven to be an eye-opener to many people who do not realise there is much richness in plant and animal life in the coastal regions of Singapore. This is a public outreach programme run entirely by volunteers, and our heartfelt desire is to see more people understand the importance of nature conservation of our natural shorelines.

An interesting bit of information: we have done over six years of free boardwalk trips to Chek Jawa! Our first guided walk was in September 2007. How many visitors attend our Chek Jawa walks in a year? Roughly 500. Do help us spread the word!



How do you sign up for our walks?

It's easy. You sign up at our Online Registration Form, and we give you a reply to confirm the places that you need. 

Typically, we open registration one month before the walk, and replies are processed during the weekend. Do be patient with us as we all hold day jobs, and we will get round to doing replies.

If you have questions, please write to us at nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com


Who can sign up for the walks?

We welcome small groups of friends and family. 

Our walks are not designed for large groups from schools, corporates or other organisations. If you are organising a day trip for a large group of people, it is best if you contact the professional nature guides or event organisers. Here is a list of professional guides in the wildsingapore.com website.

There is no age restriction as long as you are able to look after yourself, and be able to walk 2 km, walk up the stairs of a 6-storey high bird-watching tower, tolerate whatever the weather throws at you (rain or shine), and in general, enjoy being outdoor in a great natural setting.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Families enjoying day out at Chek Jawa, 7 Dec, with the Crabs

We had a perfect day - cool and dry weather - exploring the mangroves in Chek Jawa Boardwalk yesterday together with 60 visitors, and MOS Desmond Lee and his youth group of about 30.

No otters, no dugong, no hornbill, but there were wonderful sightings of interesting crabs, stick insect, paradise tree snake, white-bellied sea-eagle, swimming crab, snails and wild boars. Most importantly, it is a joy to see families enjoying and connecting with nature. Chek Jawa remains a favourite place for Singaporeans to stay in touch with nature.

Face-banded sesamine crab
There were so many colourful little crabs in the back mangroves yesterday. The kids were so excited spotting them.
Tiny crabs with red stalk eyes

Thursday, December 5, 2013

14 Dec (Sat): Free evening tour for families at Pasir Ris mangroves

It's the school holidays, and we usually try to squeeze in a nature outing to Pasir Ris Mangroves for the families. Great news! We are organising a public walk on 14 December!

Pasir Ris Mangroves is an awesome place for mangrove wildlife, and it's easy to forget just how close the mangroves are to the HDB estate and MRT station! It is a cool place to look at giant mudskippers, crabs, birds, squirrels, jellyfishes, monitor lizards, even snakes! Come join us for this outing, but you have to register first! Click here for the online registration form. Oh, have I told you the walk is FREE? Yes, free. It's our way to reach out to everyone and show them the awesome wildlife we have in our own backyard.


Date: 14 December, 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 5 pm (We should end around 6.30pm, just before sunset.)


Meeting point: Pasir Ris Park, Carpark C. Meet near the first toilets nearest the entrance to the carpark. The meeting point is a short stroll from the Pasir Ris MRT station. Pasir Ris is a very long park with many carparks (from A to D). Do look at the map to be sure you are heading for the correct carpark, Carpark C.

Click here for the Online Registration Form


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Announcement: Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips in November and December

Hi friends of the Crabs, we are pleased to announce the 2 public walk dates for November and December. Do join us to explore the mangrove region of Chek Jawa from the safety and comfort of the boardwalk. We welcome visitors of all ages as long as you're able to walk 2 km with us on a boardwalk.

Chek Jawa is rich in plant and animal life. The volunteer guides, including several student leaders from Dunman High, should be able to show you lots of interesting animals in the mangroves. On a typical outing to Chek Jawa, one should be able to easily spot mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, fiddler crabs, snails, bugs, monitor lizards, kingfishers and even snakes. Of course, sometimes we can get really lucky with sightings such as otters, white-bellied sea eagles, Oriental-pied hornbills, woodpeckers. No trip is ever alike, and that's the fun of it all. The kids, in particular, are excellent in spotting animals. So kids, you have some work to do when you come for one of our 'Crabby' walks. Just like last month, we would not have spotted the otter if not for the keen eye of one of the kids. Read about the awesome walk in October.

Our outings are fun and educational although a tad tiring. Come prepared for both hot and wet weather. It is always nice to get out of the city to enjoy the natural woodlands in Pulau Ubin. Make an effort too to understand nature conservation issues, especially because we all live in an urbanised country, and we tend to lose an understanding of what it means to share our space with animals, plants and natural habitats.


Dates: 2 November and 7 December (Saturdays)
Time: 9:30am
Duration: 2 hours
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Charge: Free

Click here to get to our online signup page. We will give you a confirmation by email. Do be patient with us as replies may be delayed. If you have questions, feel free to write to us at nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com.

Do read on to find out what you need to do to prepare for the walk....

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