Celebrating National Day in Lim Chu Kang mangroves!

Once again it’s the time for hanging of our national flag and singing patriotic songs and declaring our love for Singapore! There may be many issues that we are unhappy about, but ultimate this is where I grew up, with memories attached to the people and places here, and I am proud to be a Singaporean (:

“This is my country, this is my flag. This is my future, this is my life!”

To celebrate this wonderful country, we went to clean up the mangroves at Lim Chu Kang last Saturday, 4 August! International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is a programme of the Raffles Museum Toddycats, who are volunteers with the National University of Singapore (NUS)’ Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR). These volunteers help coordinate the annual coastal cleanup that is usually held on the 3rd Saturday of September (subject to the tides). On top of that, Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman, the ICCS main coordinator organises a pre-National Day cleanup at Lim Chu Kang mangroves.

I went for it last year, and this year’s fits very nicely into my travel plans (I came back from Australia on 30 July and went to Philippines on 7 August) so no reason not to go for it!

On route to Lim Chu Kang mangroves

This year, 37 enthusiastic volunteers spent their Saturday morning getting dirty to clean up the mangroves!

Getting ready for the cleanup

Siva giving a briefing, covering the history of LCK mangroves and safety while clearing trash

Entering Lim Chu Kang mangroves, with fishermen looking on (not in photo)

Typical trash picked up. I wonder if we call up these shops to let them know we found their plastic bags littering our mangroves, they will care enough to do something about it…

Everyone’s hard at work

Mud lobster (Thalassina anomala) mound with fresh mud

Airani trying to extract this mess of net. Really hard work, but nets can be very detrimental to marine life.

Human conveyor belt for trash to get it to the disposal point

Adrian and Yi Yong Carrying out the bulkier items

Same pile of trash from the mangroves, only nicely packaged and ready for easy disposal the proper way

In 90 minutes, 37 of us cleared out 669kg of rubbish in 83 bags, not including the bulky items! The mangrove looked a lot cleaner and happier (: As Airani mentioned while we were picking up rubbish, the roots can finally breathe!

We took a group photo with our national flag, and I’m glad to have been able to celebrate National Day this special way 😀

“Happy birthday Singapore!” Photo credit to Sivasothi

There was also a mangrove inhabitant celebrating National Day with us!

Tail of a Shore pit viper (Cryptelytrops purpureomaculatus)!

Although I’m not able to be in Singapore on National Day (9 August) itself, it has been wonderful being able to spend time doing good work on the amazing places in Singapore (: Singapore is truly a unique country and I would be very, very sad indeed to lose these treasures!

More on our efforts:
My facebook album
Purple mangrove by Cai Hongxia

About Jocelyne Sze

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
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One Response to Celebrating National Day in Lim Chu Kang mangroves!

  1. Pingback: Pre-National Day Cleanup 2012 @ Lim Chu Kang Mangrove | News from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

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