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.
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
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.
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.
News about 2 Outstanding EAG People
It’s Turtle Watch Time!!!!
Hawksbill Turtle Nesting Season has started and the EAG will be conducting Turtle
Watching Trips once again.
Trips are Friday evenings only, 7:30pm to 11:00pm, starting on the 4th of July and
will be running until October (dates from September-October are still tentative).
Space is limited and all reservations must be made in advance, so sign up early by
contacting us For more information click here.
Fun Memories of Camp GROW 2014
Camp GROW 2014 has come and gone leaving only the fun memories shared by the 46 campers
from around the island of Antigua. This year’s Camp GROW (Gaining Respect for the
Outdoors and our World), 11-22 August, has indeed been a success.