Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 - Free guided walks at Chek Jawa Boardwalk with the Naked Hermit Crabs

2016. A new year! Another year of commitment to bring people from all walks of life out to admire and learn about the rich biodiversity around our mangroves and coastal areas. We want our visitors to get excited about conservation issues concerning our natural shores.

We love Chek Jawa and Pasir Ris Mangroves, the two coastal areas that we conduct public walks at. It gives us much joy to share what we know about the animals and plants living in the fragile ecosystems there. Do sign up for our walks, and have a first-hand experience of Singapore's natural biodiversity. Best of all, our walks are totally free!

The 2016 dates for the Chek Jawa tours are now set:

27 Feb (Sat) - Update 12-Jan: We are changing the date to 27-Feb instead of 20-Feb. 
19 Mar (Sat) - school holidays
16 Apr (Sat)
14 May (Sat) - Celebrating the first day of Pesta Ubin!
5 Jun (Sun) - Balik Chek Jawa Day, 9am to noon. No registration needed, simply come to Chek Jawa.
16 Jul (Sat)
13 Aug (Sat)
17 Sep (Sat)
15 Oct (Sat)
19 Nov (Sat) - school holidays
17 Dec (Sat) - school holidays

Registration for our walks are done online through Google Forms. We open registration one month at a time, as soon as we finish the previous one.

Click here to access the Online Registration Form for Chek Jawa Boardwalk.

This is the normal schedule at each Chek Jawa Boardwalk trip:

Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Duration of walk: 2 hours
Fees: No charge for now, but small donations are accepted

As for our walks at Pasir Ris Mangroves, we run them a couple of times in a year, usually during the school holidays. Announcements for the Pasir Ris Mangrove walks are made a few weeks before the event. Do look out for these announcements.

Now for a quick update of the fun we had in 2015.

We had a fantastic year of guiding in 2015. What an awesome year! In total, we held 10 Chek Jawa walks and 4 Pasir Ris Mangrove evening walks. How many visitors came for our walks in 2015? 711 people in total! 

At the same time, we are over the moon that several new (and enthusiastic!) volunteers joined us in 2015. The new guides have given our group a dose of much-needed renewed energy. We love every single one of our "Crabs" - the affectionate term for our volunteers. Thanks, guys and gals!

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for our Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips now. We welcome small family and friend groups.

Click here to access the Online Registration Form for Chek Jawa Boardwalk.

In the meantime, enjoy the moments captured during our walks in 2015 through these photos.....

Fiddler crabs

Knight butterfly (female)



White-rumped shama

Great-billed heron at Chek Jawa mudflats

Visitors looking at a Marbled sea snake that suffered a fatal injury

Visitors looking at the wild piglets

Monday, January 4, 2016

Rediscovering the mangrove: We are in the Vibes newsletter!

If you are a resident in Pasir Ris and Punggol, you might already have caught us in the Vibes newsletter by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council. Two of our guides, Sankar and Sumita, were featured on the cover and the two page article on the Pasir Ris mangroves. They shared what they knew about the mangroves with the representatives behind the article and helped them spot many cool creatures.

Cover page of Vibes issue 47

During the interview for the article, the guides were lucky to have spotted, not one but two Mangrove Pit Vipers. We also saw Spotted Wood Owls and many Herons! To learn more, click on the article below. If you would like to see some of the creatures featured in the magazine, join us on our Pasir Ris mangrove walks in the near future!

Last but not least, the Naked Hermit Crabs would like to thank the people at Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council who approached us and allowed us to reach out to all their residents. We are always thrilled to share the value of Pasir Ris mangroves with others!