Raffles Museum Toddycats at ICCS 2011 @ Pandan Mangrove – registration open!

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore @ Pandan Mangroves
Saturday, 17th September 2011: 7.00am – 11.00am
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/iccs-pandan2011 

Pandan mangrove is a remnant strip mangrove in the south-west of Singapore.  Trash builds up in this patch of state land because it is not part of a park so is not cleaned regularly.

Thus Raffles Museum Toddycats, NUS Biodiversity Crew and Wildlife Reserve Singapore are conducting a cleanup here for the fourth year as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.  This year we are joined by volunteers from EARTHlink NTU and FMC Technologies.

Toddycats and the Biod Crew are allocated sector B this year; see the map below:

Pandan Mangrove sectors - Google Maps
Click for details

This cleanup is not for the faint-hearted but Raffles Museum Toddycats & the NUS Biodiversity Crew are definitely up for the task – the deeper parts of the inlet are tough and full of soft mud, with mosquitoes and some snakes!

The area has no shelters or toilets and we will work rain or shine. In order to restrict numbers to reduce impact, there are only 30 places for us.

ICCS Pandan Mangrove

Itinerary:

  • 0710 – bus pick up at NUS Science Drive 1
  • 0720 – bus pick-up from the bus-stop opposite Dover MRT in the direction of Clementi (map)
  • 0800 – reach Pandan mangroves bus stop; distribute into sub-groups, apply insect repellent, collect gloves, data cards and trash bags.
  • 0810 – Safety Briefing, identification of the Trash Weighing Point (TWP), wet weather plan (carry on unless lightning threat)
  • 0820 – Cleanup begins.
  • 0845 – Loading teams start moving trash to the TWP
  • 1000 – clean-up ends, data collation beings, weighing completed while participants evaluate the situation at Pandan.
  • 1015 – participants clean themselves up – note no washing point, so bring a bottle of tap water and a change of footwear.
  • 1045 – Pack dirty gloves to bring back wash, dry and return.
  • 1100 – Bus returns to Clementi and then NUS.

What we will provide:

  1. Transport to site.
  2. Gloves.
  3. Trash bags.
  4. Weighing scales.

What you should bring:

  1. Booties or covered shoes with hard soles.
  2. Water bottle (at least one litre of water).
  3. A snack to munch on after the cleanup, especially if you didn’t have time for breakfast!
  4. Hat.
  5. Insect repellent
  6. Raincoat/ponco (we’ll carry on working in the rain)
  7. Towel in a bag – to wipe off any sand and mud off you.
  8. A light pair of long pants will help protect your legs from insect bites if you tend to get bitten, as well as from the debris. If you are vulnerable to bites, wear long sleeves as well!
  9. A suggestion – dry fit clothes are suitable. If you prefer cotton, a change of t-shirt will come in handy after a sweaty workout.

Transport:
Registered participants can meet us at either

  1. the NUS bus stop outside Science Drive 1 (7.10am; meet Ou Yang Xiuling) or
  2. Dover MRT Station bus stop on side of Singapore Polytechnic (heading west) (7.20am; meet Meryl Teng).

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