Tips Visitors on Nature Study Trails
Be a Responsible Visitors
- Before starting out at the head of the trail, check for information on the route, and a description of the fauna and flora and other highlights that you might reasonably expect to see.
- Allow sufficient time to explore the route or a predetermined part of the route and discover the things you want to see.
- Never venture off the trail on your own.
- Walk slowly and try not to make sudden noises that might disturb wildlife or other visitors.
Be a Respectful Visitor
- Take your garbage out with you when you leave. Don’t reach into the vegetation to touch nesting birds, or venture into the mud to catch crabs or mudskippers.
- Avoid trampling vegetation and damaging habitats that animals depend upon by always sticking to the marked route.
- Never take animal or plant life home with you.
What to Bring
- A pair of 8 x 30 binoculars is most useful for watching birds in forest habitats.
- A camera and zoom lens, (70 – 300mm) allows you to photograph forest birds but a longer lens is needed for waterbirds.
- Bring a macro lens for close-up photography of insects and mangrove trees.
- A flash may help you illuminate an interesting subject in low light.
- Wear clothes and footwear appropriate to the terrain and weather conditions.