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Botanic Gardens
Wilderness for beginners
Bukit Timah
Up hill and down dale
Sungei Buloh
Mangroves & more
Pulau Ubin
Kampong days revisited
Chek Jawa
Between land & sea
Changi Beach
A different kind of treasure hunt
Southern Ridges
Scenic Singapore
Lower Peirce
Singapore idyll
Nature Triathlon
Good things come in threes



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 outside 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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