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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.

Plants of Saint Lucia

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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 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.

We are very grateful to the Rufford Small Grants Foundation and the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund who have generously provided funding for this project.

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Species Conservation Fund

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 or Click here

 

Read about the project and the trail: Click here

 

 

The EAG is very grateful for the sponsorship funding provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

CV Birding Trail

Ginny Field Environmental

Education

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 about:

- 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.

Natalya Lawrence Environmental

Education

News about 2 Outstanding EAG People

Education

 

Camp GROW 11-22 August 2014
for children 8 to 11

The Environmental Awareness Group and GARD Center will hold a fourth Camp GROW event in August 2014.

 

Over the span of two weeks campers will:

- Discover and explore the unique ecology of Antigua and its

   offshore islands

- Build a foundation in environmental and agricultural

   principles

- Develop teamwork and critical thinking skills and tap

   into their creativity with exciting craft projects using

   recycled and natural materials.

 

For more information about applying to attend Camp GROW 2014, please click here.

Camp Grow 2013

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.

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.

We look forward to an exciting and active season!!!

Photo courtesy of Nicola Nash