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Exploring our Kranji Marshes

In commemoration of World Wetlands Day 2021, we conducted our first guided walk at Kranji Marshes, one of the largest marshland habitats in Singapore. It was Cicada Tree Eco-Place’s first walk since the opening of Phase 3 and everyone was very excited. We were joined by new faces and familiar faces, all eager to learn about the biodiversity at Kranji Marshes.

Some of the fauna we spotted along our walk included:

  • Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
  • Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
  • White-bellied Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) – pair
  • Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
  • Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) in their nest
  • Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) diving for fish
  • Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
  • Yellow-Barred Flutterer (Rhyothernis phyllis) – swarm
  • Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
  • Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
  • Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)

“It was an enjoyable walk at Kranji Marshes. Our guide Shao Hua has extensive knowledge on the biodiversity there. He was very patient and answered our enquiries to the best of his knowledge. I saw many creatures including the White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), butterflies, Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) etc. I also learnt that the Fishtail Palm has leaves with jagged edges, which make it look like it has been eaten. Its purpose is actually to prevent other creatures from eating the leaves.”

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Check out some photos of the walk below! The walk was led by volunteers Li Fang & Shao Hua.


In commemoration of World Wetlands Day 2021, Cicada Tree Eco-Place will be conducting a free public guided nature walk at Kranji Marshes. This walk is suitable for children 6 years and older.

Experience the diverse habitats within Kranji Marshes which contains one of the largest freshwater marshlands in Singapore. Walk along the freshwater ponds, lush forest, grass habitat, and get a bird’s eye view of the marshes from the Raptor Tower. Get up close with the amazing plants and animals which call Kranji Marshes home. You might spot raptors, sunbirds, skinks, lizards, and many other birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Various plants and trees that are home and food for the Kranji Marshes fauna can also be observed, such as fig trees and palms.

Come join us, and learn more about the importance of wetland habitats such as Kranji Marshes.

Registration has now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Note: If you register for this event, you are confirmed a place, unless you register for the waitlist. We will contact you a few days before the event with more information. No individual confirmations will be sent.

Tree Planting at Pulau Ubin

Volunteers and friends of Cicada Tree-Eco Place continued our safely distanced greening work at Pulau Ubin on 27 and 28 November 2020.

A total of 64 volunteers helped to plant 246 trees at Pulau Ubin in support of NParks’ One Million Trees Movement. Organised by Cicada Tree Eco-Place, it is the third tree planting event after Pesta Ubin and Macritchie Reservoir earlier in 2020.

Tree Planting at Jurong Lake Gardens & MacRitchie Reservoir

Volunteers and friends from Cicada Tree Eco-Place continue to plant trees for nature!

Teresa Teo Guttensohn representing Cicada Tree Eco-Place planted 3 trees at Jurong Lake Gardens last Saturday on 26 September 2020.

Some of the trees planted included native and endangered species: Sterculia rubiginosa, Sterculia cordata, Sterculia parviflora, Calophyllum soulattri, Pometia pinnata.

Jurong Lake Gardens

MacRitchie Reservoir

Volunteers planted 15 trees, including the critically endangered Gaharu Tree at MacRitchie Reservoir.

The total count of trees planted thus far in support of Nparks’ One Million Trees Movement is 110+3+15=128 trees.

Pesta Ubin 2020 – A Million Thanks for 110 Trees Planted!

Participants and volunteers at Island Tales and Forest Fables @ Pesta Ubin 2020, a first of its kind storytelling and culture event organised by Cicada Tree Eco-Place and supported by NParks, on Saturday, 12 September 2020.

A million thanks to all our wonderful family participants, storytellers, tree planting volunteers from ActiveSG Pasir Ris Sport Centre, volunteer crew from Cicada Tree Eco-Place and NParks team who planted 110 trees as part of Pesta Ubin 2020 and One Million Trees movement.

Tree Planting

Jalan Jelutong tree planting site.

Jln Jelutong was a piece of quarry wasteland reclaimed from the sea during granite quarry operations in the past.

The tree planting initiative is part of One Million Trees movement which aims to restore nature back into our City through the planting of more than a million trees across Singapore over the next decade.

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Over 16,000 trees from over 70 native species will eventually be planted at Balai Quarry South, Sungei Teris and Jalan Jelutong on Pulau Ubin.

Despite the sun and torrential rain, our volunteers persisted and successfully planted 110 trees!

Interactive Storytelling

As part of Pesta Ubin 2020, our interactive, socially-distanced storytellers also shared about the history and legend of Pulau Ubin.

Ubin is known as “Granite Island” in Malay. Today, it is one of Singapore’s last traditional kampongs with less than 50 residents.

Ubin is also home to Chek Jawa, an unprotected wetland ecosystem that was saved from land reclamation in the early 2000s.

As the story goes, the island was formed when three animals from Singapore – a frog, a pig and an elephant – challenged each other to a race to reach the shores of Johor.

The animals that failed would turn to stone.

All three failed to swim across. Therefore, the elephant and pig turned into Pulau Ubin whilst the frog became Pulau Sekudu or Frog Island.

Thanks to all our family participants and tree planting volunteers from ActiveSG, Pasir Ris Sport Centre – Urban Farming Interest Group as well as our volunteer event crew from Cicada Tree Eco-Place:

Teresa Guttensohn, Tia Guttensohn, Sean Guttensohn, Jabriel, Amanda Ang, Balakrishnan Matchap, Lisha Raghani, Jelaine Ng Sha-Men, Angela Pinto, Lim Li Fang, Kripa Dubey, Dr George Jacobs, Dr Denise Dillon, Joleen Chan, Jeffrey Roslan, Fatin Syahirah, Farhan, Richard Tan, Rosemary Chan, Susan Kueh.

More photos of our volunteers hard at work:

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) at the nearby Pekan Quarry, where NParks piloted a floating wetlands system in 2015. 10 heron-nesting structures have been deployed there.

Ubin: A Refuge for Wildlife

In other news, a comprehensive biodiversity survey of Pulau Ubin since 2018 has found over 20 new species of fauna, said Mr Desmond Lee, minister for National Development on the occasion of Ubin Day.

This includes the new spider species Piranthus sp. – characterised by bright reddish-orange pairs of front legs in the females.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was taken on a tour of the island and planted a tree there on Ubin Day:

Learn more about the discoveries below:

READ MORE: 20 new species of fauna recorded on Pulau Ubin, including new type of spider: CNA

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