Evening Chorus at Kranji Marshes
“Evening Chorus at Kranji Marshes” is a free guided walk led by NParks volunteers once a month, on Saturday evenings. The approximately 3 km guided walk will take visitors on a two-hour journey, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
The walk will introduce participants to this unique nature area and the species which are living in its marsh, woodland and grass habitats. The walk will also guide participants through the core conservation area, which is not usually opened to the public, as it is ecologically sensitive.
In this unique habitat of Kranji Marshes, the soil is partially or completely submerged in water. The marsh habitat supports a wide range of aquatic plants, which attract many insects, fish and water birds. Common bird species seen feeding or sheltering here include the Purple Heron and the Red-wattled Lapwing.
Visitors on the guided walk get to observe nature along Neo Tiew Woods. The tall trees play an important ecological role here by providing nesting and feeding opportunities. Eagles, such as the Changeable Hawk Eagle and the Grey-headed Fish Eagle, both nationally threatened species, are often seen perching on one of these trees in Neo Tiew Woods.
Grass habitats are open areas with very little tree cover. At Kranji Marshes, most of these areas are low-lying and dominated by plants that tolerate soggy soil, such as Akar Paku and different types of grasses and sedges. Besides attracting birds such as Scaly-breasted Munia which feeds on the seeds of grasses and sedges, butterflies such as the Blue Glassy Tiger and dragonflies such as the Common Parasol can be observed.
Each guided walk is limited to 20 participants, so as to minimise disturbance to the wildlife in the Kranji Marshes. Registration is on first-come, first-served basis.
Registration is compulsory and visitors who turn up without registering will be turned away.
The walk will be cancelled if it rains.
Recommended for participants who are reasonably fit and older children.
Bird-watching at Kranji Marshes by Nature Society (Singapore)
This walk is offered by Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS) in collaboration with NParks. Birding highlights here include the Red-wattled Lapwing, Purple Swamphen, Yellow Bittern, White-browed Crake, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle. The walk will start from Turut Track and will last about 3 hours.
How to sign up
The NSS guided walks are open to the public but registration is required at the NSS website at www.nss.org.sg. Each session of the guided walk is limited to 20 participants. All registrations are subject to confirmation by NSS.
West Marsh Visit with the 'Kranji Marshals'
The West Marsh, within the Core Conservation Area of Kranji Marshes, is a special area designated for the conservation of marsh birds. To minimise disturbances to these shy animals and other wildlife, access to this section is restricted to guided activities organised by NParks and its partners. Several times a year, visitors can access this section when NParks volunteers (the 'Kranji Marshals') conduct station-guiding. Please check this webpage regularly for the dates and times when you can visit the West Marsh for bird-watching and nature appreciation, with the help of our 'Kranji Marshals'. They will be stationed at the hides and strategic locations to help you appreciate the beauty of the marsh habitat.
- Registration is not required. You can enter and exit the West Marsh from the gate near Moorhen Blind.
- A loop around West Marsh is about 1.2 km and takes about 20 minutes to complete. This includes about 400 m of narrow and uneven rocky path, which is not recommended for young children without supervision. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes, and exercise caution when walking on this path.
- To minimise disturbances to this ecologically-sensitive area, please do your part by not organising group visits of more than 20 participants. If the West Marsh is too crowded, the entrance of visitors into the West Marsh will be regulated accordingly.