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Botanic Gardens
Sungei Buloh
Pulau Ubin
Chek Jawa
Changi Beach
Lower Peirce
Bukit Timah
Southern Ridges


The foundation for my interest in nature had been laid in my childhood I believe. Unspoiled by Game Boys and computer games, spending your free time outdoors was the natural thing to do when you grow up in a small town in the Greater Munich area. "Walk in the Woods", the Sunday matinée program by my parents, probably contributed its part, too, although I did not appreciate it as much as I should have at that time.
In the mid-'90s, my job with a large German corporation brought me to Singapore and from day one I was intrigued by the myriad of strange plants and animals I came across on my rambles through the parks and gardens here.
There was just one snag: although there was a world full of natural wonders waiting to be discovered, most of it remained exotic and unfamiliar and a lot of interesting details escaped my notice.

Robert Heigermoser


Nee Soon Swamp


That changed, however, when I picked up guiding. Although it was more or less by accident, in retrospect it seems like a rare stroke of luck how I got started: a newspaper article I stumbled across one day about the volunteer guide program of Sungei Buloh caught my interest - and with too much time on my hands just then, I signed up. That was in 2002. The rest is history, as they say.
Through training programs and talks with rangers and like-minded people, the previously unfamiliar became familiar and every new discovery whet my appetite for more.

My knowledge of the local fauna and flora grew, and so did my excitement - I became hooked.
One of the benefits of volunteer guiding was that I could share my experiences with others. It didn't take me long to realize that others were facing the same dilemma I once faced: plenty to look at, but even more to overlook.
And so one thing led to another in the end: what was merely meant to be a hobby somehow grew into a passion and has even turned into something like a career now.

Lower Peirce Reservoir


Torch ginger


A couple of years have passed since then, but my enthusiasm has never waned. The sheer splendour of the tropics and a never-ending wealth of details make sure of that.
A small selection of what Singapore's nature places have to offer can be found on these websites, or be discovered on any of my nature walks. After several years as a nature guide I'm sure that the "wild" side of Singapore will also excite you.
Robert Heigermoser

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