Sunday, February 20, 2011

Plenty to see at Chek Jawa

The Naked Hermit Crabs had a wonderful outing to Chek Jawa Boardwalk on February 12. It was our regular monthly trip out to our favourite place. There were 12 visitors and so we split into 2 groups, one led by PY and Daniel, and the other by LK.

At the start of the walk, an observant visitor, Karen, spotted an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) perched on a high branch right above our heads. The hornbills were really quiet that morning, but fortunately we managed to catch a glimpse of this large beautiful bird. It is reported that there are approximately 100 hornbills in the wild in Singapore. It was definitely a good start to the trip! A joy!

Oriental Pied Hornbill in Chek Jawa

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CNY nature walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk - 12 Feb 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Done all your CNY visiting? Tossed a few "yu-sheng" already? Eaten one too many pineapple tarts? I'm sure you had a great time this Chinese New Year! If you want to walk off some of the fat gained from all that CNY feasting, come on down to join us for a nature outing to Chek Jawa Boardwalk on 12th February. The Naked Hermit Crabs run these nature walks every 2nd Saturday of the month with the hope of introducing fellow Singaporeans and residents to the natural flora and fauna that are thriving in our backyard.

Chek Jawa is a natural shore located on the island of Pulau Ubin, off the Changi coast. We will be walking on the boardwalk, but still expect to see quite a bit of inter-tidal and mangrove wildlife such as mudskippers, fiddler crabs, tree-climbing crabs, monitor lizards, fishes and jelly-fishes. Sometimes, when conditions are right, we might see some of the large birds of Pulau Ubin - the Oriental Pied Hornbill and White-bellied Fish Eagle.

Date: 12 February, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 am
Duration: about 2 hours
Meeting Place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Cost: Free (you have to pay for the bumboat and taxi rides to get to Chek Jawa)

Write to to register for the walk.

Please keep your group small, preferably fewer than 10 people, so that we can welcome as many family and friend groups as possible. If you are organising a corporate event, we encourage you to hire the professional nature guides.