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>
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.
Researching and Conserving Native Ferns
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
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
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
or Click here
Saturday 21st September 2013 was International Coastal Cleanup Day. The EAG focused
on an area on the eastern side of Antigua—Fanny’s Cove, which is near Devil’s Bridge.
This cove is bordered by mangroves and a small beach which have fallen victim to
both marine and land waste.
The EAG supplied garbage bags and gloves and helped return a spotlight to the international
problem of marine debris while continuing the appeal to all residents to dispose
of waste in the appropriate places.
Across approximately 0.5 kilometres (third of a mile) of coastline at Fanny’s Cove,
the EAG collected 55 bags of trash containing over 1,400 bottles, approximately 70
per cent of these being plastic.
Ginny Field Environmental
Ginny Field, an EAG volunteer, has been teaching children at Cedar Grove primary
school about the environment for the past year. Among other themes, they have learned
- The Antiguan Racer Snake
- Invasive species and the damage they do on the environment e.g. rats, mongeese,
African snails, Cuban Frogs and Lionfish
- Turtles and protection of their nesting sites
- Migratory birds and the Whistling Duck
- Protection of the conch
Natalya received an Education Award at the SCSCB (Society for the Conservation and
Study of Caribbean Birds) conference in July in Grenada. (SCSCB is now renamed BirdsCaribbean)
The award was for the fantastic work that Natalya and her team has done to educate
children and adults about Caribbean birds over the past 2 years. A number of activities
were held to engage children in bird-related art and craft, bird identification and
more. Children and adults were taken birdwatching too.