Pasir Ris Park - Decreasing Biodiversity Sightings

Pasir Ris Park
East, Singapore
June 2014

It's been some time since Merlion Wayfarer been to the Pasir Ris mangrove swamps. And it has been disappointing how the biodiversity sightings there decreases over the past few years.

|   March 2010   |   January 2013   |   July 2013   |

A male Epeus flavobilineatus (Yellow-Lined Epeus) spider, a bug, an ant, a wriggling caterpillar, and an Ardea cinerea (Grey Heron) were spotted in the 1.5 hour walk...

The decreased variety and number of sightings could be attributed to several factors:
  • Impending bad weather, e.g. rain
  • Water Pollution
    Fecal matter has been detected in the sea near the mangroves. At times, "No swimming" signs have been put up. (See "Thrown Away By The Kelongs")
  • Oil Spills
    (The sand in Pasir Ris often has oil stains among its deeper layers. Sometimes, oil streaks can be seen in the mangrove puddles.)
  • Increased number of visitors
Merlion Wayfarer hopes the biodiversity of the area can be restored very soon.