In case you haven’t been informed, Singapore’s largest freshwater marshland – Kranji Marshes – is now open to the public! Guided tours are slated for the end of Feb, but here are some of the highlights of this park, which is located next to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Lying along the northwestern shore of Kranji Reservoir, the park is home to more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies.
Kranji Marshes is separated into two areas – a public area and a restricted core area which is only accessible through tours. Within the public area is a 10.65m-tall Raptor Tower, where you can get an amazing view of the marshes (and spot birds along the way).
Each month there’ll be 2 guided tours, one by NParks, and the other by the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS). The first tour kicks off on 27 Feb, taking place in the evenings, while the NSS tour is a morning tour focusing on bird-watching. Both tours allow access to areas not open to the public.
What to see:
Along Neo Tiew Woods, you may find birds like woodpeckers, Changeable Hawk Eagle or White-bellied Sea Eagle. At the Marsh Station, bird hides may reveal sights of marsh birds like the Purple Swamphen and Common Moorhen.
November to March is raptor migratory season – you may see Black Bazas and Japanese Sparrowhawks from the top of Raptor Tower.
Here’s how to get to the marshes: