Monday, 12 November 2012

Barbados Wetlands - Graeme Hall

Throughout the year Barbados plays host to tens of thousands of migrating birds on their way to and from breeding grounds.  For the next two months, before the start of the challenge, I’ll highlight some of the premier birding locations on the island starting with the wetlands.

Barbados has very few natural wetlands but these are supplemented by a number of man made ponds and shallow swamps used for irrigation, in agricultural purposes, and for attracting, mainly shorebirds, for shooting as sport. 

The three most significant wetlands are found at Graeme Hall and Chancery Lane swamps both located on the South Coast and Long Pond on the East Coast of the island.

Graeme Hall Swamp

Graeme Hall Swamp is located 5km east of the capital city, Bridgetown, in the parish of Christ Church.  It is a mangrove swamp where white (Laguncularia racemosa) and red (Rhizophora mangle) mangroves strive in the brackish water of the swamp.  This ecosystem supports flora, fauna and other forms of life but with our main focus on birds, Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) are in abundance there, along with a number of Herons, Osprey etc.  For more information on Graeme Hall Swamp now called Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary please click here ; For Google Map click here.

Here are some Photos taken at Graeme Hall Swamp:

Sign at the entrance to The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)