Book of the Week: Wetlands in a city (The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve)

wetlands_in_a_cityAuthor: Dr Chua Ee Kiam

Shelfmark: AS/SG/15

A beautiful book about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve written by the nature writer and photographer Chua Ee Kiam who is a dentist by profession!



Prologue – Reflections of Sungei Buloh


Roots – Early Beginnings

The Bridge … over Buloh’s Bounty

The Main Spectacle … from the Main Hide

Guiding Hands – a Journey with the Stewards of SBWR

The Trails – a Walk on the Wild Side

A Wild Banquet – Bon Appétit!

Rare Gems

Connections … the Heart and Soul

Challenges Ahead

Conclusion – the Sparkle of a Gem






Wetlands in a City is a collaboration between National Parks Singapore (NParks) and Dr Chua Ee Kiam, a prolific nature photographer cum writer, to highlight the often-hidden wonders of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR), a mangrove ecosystem located in the north-western part of Singapore. Over the years, much work has been done by NParks to develop and maintain it as a safe haven for several species of birds on their annual migration.


In this volume, the author documents the development of Sungei Buloh from its days as an agglomeration of prawn farms, fruit orchards and mangrove habitat to a gazetted Nature Park in 1989. He piques the reader’s interest in this little-known area with stunning images of the migratory birds and other denizens of the mangrove swamp. Vivid colours of the flora and fauna, captured in the more than 360 photographs through various times of the day starting in the pre-dawn hours, bring a seemingly dull mangrove habitat to life,


Dr Chua’s ardent text transports the reader on a journey along the boardwalks and trails, into the hides, up the observatory tower, across the Main Bridge and into the open classroom of the wilderness experience.








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