The EAG has made exciting discoveries in it’s project to conserve the native ferns of Antigua and Barbuda. The project seeks to increase awareness and will develop an educational booklet. The effort is being led by Antiguan biologist Kevel Lindsay.
Ferns in Antigua and Barbuda come in amazingly diverse forms including mangrove ferns which can grow to 4 metres high, tiny epiphytic ferns, a centimetre or so high, aquatic ferns, vine-like climbers and grass-like species.
CLICK HERE for a slideshow of our ferns and more about this exciting and important project!
Why are ferns so important?
Tropical ferns are extraordinarily beautiful plants with their delicate arching leaves, or fronds as they are usually called - undoubtedly the most beautifully shaped leaves in the plant kingdom !
Also, ferns beautify the environment in a way that other plants cannot. This is because many ferns live in environments that other plants cannot tolerate - on shady tree branches ("epiphytes"), on rock faces (lithophytes), in wetlands and in mangrove environments. Tourists from Europe and America are especially awestruck as they normally only encounter these beautiful plants as indoor pot plants!
As well as their beauty, ferns are especially valuable plants for the following reason: Because most fern species can only survive in healthy moist, shady forests, many of which are under threat throughout the Caribbean and also in threatened mangrove and wetland areas, they are an important barometer of the ecological health of the environment.
Do watch this very moving video about the effect of free-roaming livestock in the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. Please contact your MP, the Ministry of Agriculture or the EAG if you are concerned about this problem.
Christian Valley Birding Trail Opens
The beautiful trail developed by the EAG was opened officially on Thursday January 26th, 2012. A variety of birds can be viewed on the trail which is a little over 2.5 miles in length. We hope to see you there!
This project is aimed at increasing awareness of our native birds and seeks to create livelihoods in eco-tourism by training community members in bird identification and in tour guiding.
See some of the beautiful bird photographs taken by members in our bird photography competition - click on the Facebook icon at the top of the page and select Photos.
The EAG is very grateful for the sponsorship funding provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Environment Protection Bill
Antigua & Barbuda now has an Environmental Protection and Management Act of 2015.
On Thursday April 23, Parliament met to debate the Environment Bill for the last time. At 9pm, Parliament unanimously passed the Environmental Protection and Management Act! And now the work begins, for the Environment Division, for the EAG, and for every citizen to ensure that we live in a healthy environment.
Plants of Saint Lucia
Roger Graveson has been studying the plants of Saint Lucia for nearly 20 years. Recently, he has put together a wonderful website about the plants of Saint Lucia which anyone interested in plants must visit! Click here to visit Roger's site.
Walking Tours every Tuesday and Thursday. Read more>
Antigua and Barbuda Ferns Bounce Back After Centuries of Sharp Decline Kevel Lindsay has written a great report about our ferns and the changes in fern biodiversity over the ages Click here to read his report.
Please donate to help educate our children & to protect our offshore Islands
The Offshore Islands Conservation Project is an integral part of the EAG. We hold “Floating classrooms,” which take school kids on boats to explore mangroves and the offshore islands. This is very popular in Primary Schools and has introduced more than 6000 children to their own backyard. Help our kids learn more about how important it is to preserve our natural heritage for future generations.
Sponsor a student today! $50 EC funds one student to go on a floating classroom. Donate $100 EC to fund 2 students, or donate more! Help support our floating classrooms, help kids learn about their environment! Help us preserve OUR Island’s islands – now and into the future!