Kranji Marshes is officially open for visiting
Move over Coney Island, because a new Instagram-worthy place is now open!
That’s right, Kranji Marshes officially opened on Monday (1 Feb) and is already doing it’s best to attract Singaporeans around the island to come.
The area is a freshwater marshland which lies along the Kranji Reservoir and is located next to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Currently, Kranji Marshes is home to over 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies and it also serves as a conservation area for these wildlife.
And now, it is a new place for all adventurers and shutterbugs to explore!
A sneak peek of Kranji Marshes
With all the greenery and scenic sights, Kranji Marshes sure is beautiful!
Here are a few more photographs that could appear in your Instagram feed with you posing in it, feeling all peaceful in the naturalistic scenery:
Be sure to snap away at the 10.65m Raptor Tower as you will be able to get a panoramic view of Kranji Marshes.
What else can you do at Kranji Marshes?
Obviously a new place for adventurous to hike, Kranji Marshes is also a place for all the bird-watchers in Singapore to witness a variety of different species of birds.
Beyond just observing, visitors could learn more about the birds of Kranji Marshes with a classroom blackboard at Kranji Gate with illustrations of them!
There are also a guided tour known as “Evening Chorus at Kranji Marshes” and the walk will be led by NPark Volunteers. Participants will be able to walk though the core conservation areas that are not opened to public as the areas are ecologically sensitive.
The guided walk mainly includes 3 destinations – the marsh, woodland, and grass habitats.
Moreover, the guided tour is free of charge for those who are signing up! It will be conducted once a month on Saturday evenings from 27 Feb. The guided walk is about 3km and will take visitors on a two-hour journey, from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
To register for the guided walks, send an email to NParks_KMguidedwalk@nparks.gov.sg. The walk is limited to 20 participants and registration starts on February 7.
What to take away after visiting Kranji Marshes
Besides achieving an Instagram goals feed, be sure to truly admire all the effort that is put into this project that made Kranji Marshes a reality!
Initially, a group of Nature Society Singapore (NSS) volunteers were tidying up the overgrown vegetation for the wildlife to have a stable home. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and NParks then took over the clearing and included amenities, such as toilets.
It was not an easy project incorporating urban living into the natural habitat which houses the biodiversity now living in Kranji Marshes. Did you know that even migrant birds fly in to Kranji Marshes to avoid the Northern Winter?
Mr Lim Chu Hwai, Executive Architect of the URA, said that Kranji Marshes was left untouched for many years and it became a natural habitat for a lot of wildlife. Their goal was to recover and enhance Kranji Marshes to what it was before.
To get to Kranji Marshes, take bus service 925 to Kranji MRT Station or if you are travelling by car, drive to Neo Tiew Lane 1 and walk in after. The marshes are only accessible on foot.
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