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Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP)

 

 Silvered Leaf Monkey (Presbytis cristata)

Silvered Leaf Monkey (Presbytis cristata)

When a wildlife habitat area in Kuala Selangor was proposed to become a new golf course in 1987, MNS stepped in and instead established it as a nature park. Now the Kuala Selangor Nature Park or KSNP thrives as a tourist destination and educational resource, instilling interest and understanding for the area’s unique habitats. It has since become a sanctuary to many species of flora and fauna such as the endangered Silvered Leaf Monkey (Presbytis cristata) which KSNP has adopted as its logo.

 

Kuala Selangor Nature Park is situated at the mouth of Selangor River , in the state of Selangor , Malaysia. It covers approximately 800 acres of mangroves and mudflats and is the home to various wildlife such as otters, monkeys, birds, mudskippers and crabs. It has chalets for overnight visitors, hostel for study groups, and a visitors center to provide information and sell souvenirs.

 

The uniqueness of the park is evident as it is also very accessible. There are trails of varying distances and visitors get to explore and experience different habitats as there are bird hides and watch towers situated around the manmade 25 acre brackish water lake system. Many local and migratory bird species are found in the park.

 

Visitors also get to enjoy the Mangrove walkway which takes you into the heart of the mangrove forest where you will get up close and personal with the flora and fauna that are unique to this habitat.

 

Birdwatching is perhaps the most exciting activity here. Over 140 species of birds have been sighted. Among the rare ones are the Nordman Greenshank and the Mangrove Pitta. The park is also involved in the Milky Stork reintroductory programme thanks to a contribution by Land and General.

 

The mudflats infront of the park is also rich with life. Various fishes and shellfishes can be seen on the flats confirming the importance of the mudflats and mangroves as a breeding and nursery ground for fishery. The mudflats are also important feeding grounds for the migratory birds on their stopover from Siberia to Australia.

 

The park has a lake that provides a roosting and feeding sites for various birds. From the bird hides and the towers around the lake one can view otters and birds feeding in the lake. It is the home to a large colony of Grey Herons.

 

Situated only 20km away from the heart of KL’s city centre, the KSNP is an ideal place to escape to where a greater appreciation for the environment among the public can be encouraged.

 

Trails at KSNP

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Apart from the trails listed below there is also a Mangrove walkway that takes you into the heart of the mangrove forest where you will be able to see and study the flora and fauna in this unique habitat at close quarters.

Facilities at KSNP

Visitor Centre


Open 7 days a week including public holidays from 0900 to 1800. T-shirts, souvenirs and MNS books/merchandise can be purchased here.
Slide shows on mangrove ecology, conservation and other Park related activities are available on request (please make prior arrangements with the Park Office).

Seminar Hall

An air-conditioned hall equipped with basic facilities with accommodation for approximately 80 people maximum is also available to rent.

 

Accommodation


There are 4 A-frame huts, 8 chalets, 2 dormitoriesm, a hostel and a common dining hall.

 

Flora & Fauna at KSNP

KSNP has 3 distinctive habitats these being the Brackish Water Lake System, Secondary Forest and also Mangrove forest.

 

Brackish Water Lake System

The lake at KSNP is man-made and was created for birds to roost and feed. It also acts as a safe nesting area for approximately 156 bird species, 57 of which are migratory. There are 3 Watch Towers and Bird Hides situated around the lake where one can observe many bird species including the Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus, Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis and Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata to name a few.

 

Also around the lake area or close by, you can also see plants such as the Sea Hibiscus Hibiscus tiliaceus, Noni Morinda citrifolia and Nypa Palm Nypa fruticans.

 

Secondary Forest

The Secondary Forest region covers an area of approximately 450 acres which is made accessible by 4 trails. The secondary forest is predominantly a mixture of Strangling Figs, coastal trees such as the Cordia dichotoma, climbers and of course the mangrove fern.

 

Within the forest, there is a variety of animals including Plantain Squirrels Callosciurus notatus, Oriental Whip Snake Ahaetulla prasina, Four-lined Tree Frog Polypedates leucomystax, Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella and many other reptiles and amphibians. Of the primate species to be found in the forest there is the highly mischievous and noisy Long-Tailed Macaques Macaca fascicularis and notably the distinctive Silvered Leaf Monkey Presbytis cristata, an endangered species and logo of KSNP.

 

Mangrove Forest

 

The Park’s mangrove forest represents part of a complex coastal wetland system, which provides an extremely important intermediate stage between the land and aquatic environment. In this unique environment you will not only find rich biodiversity but also specialist adaptations that plants have adopted to cope with the anaerobic and highly saline conditions found in this type of environment.

 

Within the mangrove forest you will find 4 different families of mangrove trees and a total of 13 species of mangrove trees such as Bruguiera cylindrica that is found here. The mangroves and adjacent mudflats form part of a rich ecosystem that recycles nutrients and provides protection against coastal erosion. It also provides a protective breeding ground for many varieties of commercially important marine invertebrates including crabs, prawns and bivalves, which in turn support a large variety of birds and mammals. Species found here include the Fiddler Crab Uca rosea, Mudskipper species such as Boleophalmus boddaerti and the Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix.

 

This park is under the management of the Malaysian Nature Society. For those interested to visit the park. Please call or write to:

The Park Manager,
Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Jalan Klinik,
45000 Kuala Selangor,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.
Tel: 603-8892294
Fax:: 603-8884311

Source: selangornews.com and MNS website

Festival Of Wings 2011

 

Festival of Wings 2011

Festival of Wings 2011

The migration of birds is back. This annual phenomenon involves dozens of species flying from their wintering homes, crossing seas and continents to warmer climates. Besides birds, come visit the amazing fireflies and many species of butterflies at Kuala Selangor. This is the time and place to witness this natural occurrence like never before.

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) celebrates this annual event to promote the importance of birds as natural indicators of our planet’s environmental health. As a premier eco-tourism site in Selangor, the event also aims to create an awareness of the environment and as this year is aptly declared as the International Year of Forests by the UN.

The 2-day Festival of Wings 2011 is all about fun filled nature themed activities tailored for participants of all ages. Among other exciting activities that await you are drawing and coloring contest for kids, face painting, exhibitions and talks on the importance of mangroves and birds. Expect a Mangrove Tour catered for the public to get up close and personal with the mangrove eco system.  And not forgetting the FOW-Bata Run which will be held on 22nd October 2011!

Festival of Wings 2011 activities also includes:

Bird Watching

22 & 23 October 2011 (2 pm – 4 pm)

 

birds watching festival of wings 2011 brahminy kite american bald eagle grey harons

Bird Watching

 

Stunning birds to look forward to:

Grey Herons

Come and watch the nurturing Grey Herons (Pucung Kelabu) at its nesting tree in large flocks. The juveniles are now just learning from its parents to feed and fly. Widely distributed worldwide, this heron favours freshwater and coastal habitats, sometimes along seashore. At last count, there are over 40 herons overlooking the concrete watch tower at Kuala Selangor Nature Park.

Brahminy Kite

Cousin to the American Bald Eagle, the Brahminy Kite (Helang Merah) rules the skies over much of our coasts and present even in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city. In Kuala Selangor, one can see it in flocks of 2 to 20! Stunning chestnut-brown in colour with a noticeable white head, this bird of prey feeds on fish and other large aquatic life.

Barred-eagle Owl

 


 


Mangrove River Cruise & Mangrove Tour

22 October 2011 (10.30 a.m – 2 p.m)

23 October 2011 (9.00 a.m – 2 p.m)

 

mangrove tour and mangrove river cruise selangor festival of wings 2011

Mangrove River Cruise and Mangrove Tour

Firefly Tour

22 October 2011 (8 p.m)

 

Drawing & Colouring Contest

23 October 2011 (10.00 a.m)

 

Talks on Mangrove, Birds & Fireflies

23 October 2011 (10.00 a.m)

 

Come, join our fun activities in Festival of Wings 2011 on 22 and 23 October 2011!.

Free admission to Taman Alam Kuala Selangor.

 

How to get there:

By Car:

Use the LATAR, Guthrie or North-South Highway, and follow the road signs.

By Bus:

Visitors can board Selangor Bus No. 141 from Medan Pasar Bus Hub (100m north of Central Market and beside HSBC Building) in Kuala Lumpur. The bus departs half-hourly from KL between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. From Klang Bus Station, take Transnational Bus No. 156 or Cityliner Bus No. 100.

 

For more information, visit:

MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY (MNS)

Kuala Selangor Nature Park / Taman Alam Kuala Selangor,

Jalan Klinik, 45000 Kuala Selangor.

Tel: 03-32892294

Fax: 03-32894311

Website: www.mns.my

Blog: www.mnsfow2011.wordpress.com

Email: ksnaturepark@gmail.com

 

Source: FOW 2011 blog and FOW brochure.

Video courtesy of terencebuzzard and youtube.