Booby Pond Nature Reserve

Booby Pond Nature Reserve

Little Cayman is renowned worldwide for its significant ecological value. Its comparative lack of human development has meant that the island still provides a home to some of the most fertile wildlife in the Caribbean region. Of particular significance is the Booby Pond Nature Reserve – a haven for extremely rare populations of native plants and animals.

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Based on a land-locked saltwater lagoon fringed by mangroves the Reserve provides the perfect habitat for a vast and vibrant range of rare wetland and shore birds. Arguably, the most distinctive breed of bird native to the island is the Red-footed Booby with around 2,500 active nests estimated to exist on the Reserve alone. This, experts believe, represents over a third of the bird’s entire Caribbean and Atlantic population.

Covering over 300 acres, the site has been recognised as a Wetland of International Significance. Visitors to the Reserve can enjoy access to a large observation gallery which overlooks the unspoiled terrain. Free to use state-of-the-art telescopes make it possible to catch a closer glimpse of the rare avian life that exist on the site, from the magnificent frigate bird to the West Indian whistling duck.