Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fun at Pulau Ubin for kids and the family on Ubin Day 30 Nov (Sun)

Join the Naked Hermit Crabs on Ubin to celebrate! Lots of fun family activities from morning to night!
Walks, cycles, kayaking, stargazing, butterfly watching. Also art workshops, exhibitions, games. From the outdoors and nature to heritage, kampung life to makan. Come experience Ubin's unique charms, laid-back kampung life and home-cooked makan! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Things that fly and slither at Pasir Ris Mangroves!

The Crabs went out to Pasir Ris Mangroves with a large group of families on a Saturday evening in October. There were nearly 40 visitors. What a splendid walk we had! Pasir Ris Mangroves is really easy to get to as it is just a short walk from Pasir Ris MRT station, and for people who drive there, the carpark has lots of parking for everyone. And while you're there in Pasir Ris Mangroves, do look out for these amazing wildlife!

The beautiful Atlas Moth! We almost missed this moth as it was hanging above us. The Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) is one of the largest moths in the world. It is so named because the markings on its wings do resemble maps! Interestingly enough, the common name for this species of moth in Hong Kong (Cantonese) is translated to "snake head moth", probably because the wing tips do look like a snake's head!
Photo by Sean Yap
Everyone got excited when they spotted the Dog-faced water snake (Cerberus schneiderii) in the water. We usually see this species of snake in the evening when it comes out to hunt for fish and invertebrates. It can be easy to miss this animal because its colour and markings provide excellent camouflage! It wasn't easy to spot the snake initially, but after a while, everyone finally saw it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October and December - Pasir Ris Mangroves nature walks

** UPDATE 25 NOV 2014 - We have closed registration for the Pasir Ris Mangrove walk in December. We are FULL! For those who missed this chance, look out for our announcement of nature walks in 2015. The post will be published soon. In the meantime, enjoy nature and the great outdoors! **

Hello friends!

We are changing our monthly guided walks for the months of October and December to Pasir Ris Mangroves instead. The Chek Jawa Boardwalk (mangrove segment) is closed for upgrading works until the end of January 2015, hence this change in our schedule and venue.

For the sake of clarity, I shall repeat myself (pardon me!): The Chek Jawa Boardwalk guided walks for October, November and December are cancelled, and replaced by Pasir Ris Mangroves guided walks in October and December.

Our guided walks are specially designed for kids and families. Adults are welcome too, of course! Come and explore with us. Our volunteer guides (the Naked Hermit Crabs) will be there to show you the biodiversity richness of the Pasir Ris mangroves. Sign up on our online registration form, and you will hear from us within a few days.

Dates: 25th October 2014 and 27th December 2014 (Saturdays)
Time: 5 pm
Duration: roughly 1 to 1.5 hour
Meeting point: Pasir Ris Park, Car Park C

And have I mentioned the guided walks are free? Yes, they are!

Meet outside the first toilets nearest to the entrance of 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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our last morning Chek Jawa Boardwalk for 2014!

It was a huge turnout for the walk on 27 September with about 60 eager participants that were excited to discover Chek Jawa's rich biodiversity!

Look at all those radiant smiles! 

We saw many mangrove crabs such as the tree climbing crabs which has a diet that mainly consists of leaves and can climb trees up to 6m high! 

A beautiful collage done by one of our participants, Seow Ling Tan 

Unfortunately, the mangrove boardwalks are closed from 29 September 2014 to 31st January 2015 and we will not be able to have walks at Chek Jawa. 

Picture from WildSingapore

Do not worry though! We will be having our walks at Pasir Ris Mangroves instead! Do check out our blog for updates on the walks at Pasir Ris Mangroves.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

27 Sept, Saturday: Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk

If you have joined us last Saturday for our Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk and would like to join us for the Chek Jawa Boardwalk, we are glad have been bitten by the nature bug and are joining us again! No worries if you have not joined any of our walks because here is the chance for you to do so on 27 September, Saturday!

We have been doing free nature trips to Chek Jawa Boardwalk for nearly 7 years now. Each month, we bring small groups of visitors out on to introduce them to the plant and animals found in the mangroves and intertidal areas of Chek Jawa. All from the safety and convenience of the boardwalk. There is always plenty to see on these trips, such as wild boars, insects, lots and lots of crabs, spiders, snakes, fishes, perhaps a jellyfish or two in the sea, and not forgetting the birds in the forests and flying high above us. Who says there is no nature in Singapore! Come explore Chek Jawa with the Crabs!

Sign up at the Online Registration Form, and we will confirm your attendance via email in a few days! Our email address is nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com.

Date: 27 September 2014 (Sat)
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
Cost: Free

Read on for more photos and details about the walk.

A truly fruitful experience at Pasir Ris Mangroves

80 families and kids joined the free evening walk at Pasir Park mangroves with the Naked Hermit Crabs yesterday!
We had a blast! Lots of special finds including two Very Special Serpents!

Monday, September 1, 2014

6 Sep (Sat) evening: Free guided walk at the Pasir Ris mangroves

Specially for kids and families, explore Pasir Ris mangroves with volunteer nature guides from the Naked Hermit Crabs on this FREE guided tour of the boardwalk! Sign up now on our online registration form! Don't miss the opportunity to see some wildlife in action!

Pasir Ris mangroves is conveniently located 10 minutes away from Pasir Ris MRT station. Bring your children down to enjoy nature during the weekend! There are many creatures look out for in the mangroves, such as mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, herons and monitor lizards. Sometimes, you may even spot kingfishers and water snakes! It will certainly be an unforgettable experience with your friends and family!

An eager participant jotting down notes!
Not only kids learn on our walks! Adults learn a lot too.