The number of shorebirds sighted at Chek Jawa is impressive. “I may not be able to identify all the birds but it still is an enjoyable experience seeing them despite being under the hot sun with the wind blowing on us and our cameras shaking like mad,” so says MeiLin Khoo, who dreams that one day an extended bridge/broadwalk will be built to allow nature lovers be closer to the spectacular displays by these swarning birds.
Chek Jawa’s rich marine biodiversity is sited at the eastern shore of the offshore island of Pulau Ubin LINK.
The area was slated for reclamation and the Nature Society (Singapore), then at the forefront of the local nature conservation scene, gave up hope of saving the area. However, individuals like Joseph Lai, N. Sivasothi and Ria Tan came forward to publicise the uniqueness of the area. This caught the imagination of the public and hundreds visited the site PDF. This in turn caught the attention of the then National Development Minister, Mr. Mah Bow Tan, who visited the area, was visibly impressed and belatedly announced a reprieve for Chek Jawa.
3rd February 2019
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