Have you visited Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP)? If you haven’t already, this is a place that you nature lovers out there should visit. This park is also good for photographers who love nature photography.
Kuala Selangor Nature Park area map
I went here with my son and husband few months back and we love the fact that it is also an Important Bird Area (IBA). For those not in the know, IBAs are key sites for conservation – small enough to be conserved in their entirety and often already part of a protected-area network. IBAs are selected based on below:
– significant numbers of one or more globally threatened species,
– a set of sites that together hold a suite of restricted-range species or biome-restricted species,
– have exceptionally large numbers of migratory or congregatory species.
You see the orange colored trail on above picture? We walked the trail; right from the entrance we took the right turn and made one whole round. We skipped the last part after the 3rd observation tower because it was already 6pm. We started exploring around 3pm. Boy it was tiring but we thought it was a very good exercise.
Left: My son and husband are real walkers, I could not keep up with them. Right: First Observatory Tower we came across and climbed.
KSNP is managed by the Malaysian Nature Society(MNS) for the Selangor State government. This park comprises 324 hectares with four rich habitats, namely: secondary forest, mangroves, brackish water lake and coastal mudflats. From the observatory tower, we got to view the brackish water lake.
We spotted Milky Storks and Herons at the lake.
One of the concealed drawings along the steps up to the top of observatory tower. If it was graffiti, I LOVE it!
A Brahminy Kite soaring high. LOL, what were you thinking? It’s a species of eagle, not a kite.
The lake 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 we 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.
Within the secondary 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.
We love it that MNS provides information about flora and fauna along the trail.
Some of the insect species found in the forest.
I actually have hundreds of pictures taken along the 3 hours walk in the forest. Will post them up on Instagram and tagged it with #kualaselangor. Will also include my pictures from the Fireflies Nature Park along with pictures of Bukit Malawati. Will cover the story of the latter in different post.
So, if you need to go somewhere during weekend and do not want to go far, consider visiting Kuala Selangor Nature Park. Here is some information about the park:
Operation Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm daily including Saturday and Sunday.
Admission Fees: RM4 per adult and RM1 for student and children below 16.
Malaysian Nature Society member pay RM2 per adult.
GPS coordinates: N03° 20.337′ E101° 14.680
Enquiries: 03-3289 2294