Proper preparation makes for a more enjoyable visit.
Wild visits are also more fun if we observe some basic courtesies.
Here are some tips for nature photographers.
Special preparations for visiting the shores
Check the weather
forecast at the National
Environment Agency's Meteorological Services website which has a 3-hour
to 3-day outlook for various locations in Singapore.
Be a visitor that makes a difference for nature: Be a role model and set a good example for visitors around you. If you observe anything unusual (e.g., degradation, damage, pollution of the environment) or illegal activities, report it to NParks at 1-800-4717300. Your active participation will help to preserve our wild places.
Be patient: It is more fun to quietly observe animals going about their daily business. If they are disturbed, most will simply hide until they feel the coast is clear. This can take a long time, during which there will be nothing for you to see.
Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere: The animals can hear you better than you can hear them! Be quiet to avoid frightening them off. Other visitors made the time and effort to come for the peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Playing the radio or other music destroys this ambience. Leave your radio at home, switch mobile phones to silent mode and speak softly.
Respect the wild: Don't touch or harass animals as they may defend themselves if they feel threatened. Some plants may also cause rashes. Watch where you put your hands and feet to avoid hurting and being hurt. Don't use plants or animals as toys or food for other animals. Leave everything the way you found it.
Respect the dead: Even dead leaves and animals have a role to play. As they decay, nutrients are returned to the ecosystem. It is illegal to pluck leaves, flowers or remove other materials at designated reserves and parks.
Poaching is illegal at reserves and parks. Please report any poaching to NParks at 1-800-4717300.
Don't leave your mark on nature: Just as you enjoy the untarnished beauty of nature, so will those who come after you. Please don't vandalise or leave graffiti.
Killer Litter! Litter is not only unsightly but also kills small animals that get trapped in them (e.g., inside plastic bags) and larger animals that may eat them accidentally. If you could bring a sweet to the walk, you can bring the empty wrapper home too.
Stay on designated routes, boardwalks and trails: the ground is alive with small animals, growing plants and delicate seedlings. Stomping on them will result in a barren area around the route which means there will be less for us to see along the trails. You may also get lost if you stray from the marked trails.
not cycle on trails, routes and boardwalks which are not designated
for cycling. This destroys the trail and mood for others who prefer to
enjoy a quiet, nature walk. Cycling also scares away the wildlife. Why
not use the trails designated for cycling instead?
not feed the monkeys: You do them more harm than good. Feeding
is often a death sentence for a monkey. The forest also suffers as the
monkeys no longer disperse seeds that is so important to forest regeneration.
more about the harm caused by feeding monkeys
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