From a birding perspective, Saint Lucia is very accessible being just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is probably one of the most important of the Lesser Antilles as it holds six single island endemics. This gives Saint Lucia the distinction of having the highest number of endemic birds in the Eastern Caribbean region. To download the Birding brochure, please click here
Saint Lucia’s bountiful wildlife hosts 167 species of bird with six endemic species which includes the island’s national bird, the Saint Lucia Parrot (Amazona Veriscolor). There are a number of bird sites dotted across the island in the form of nature trails and wetlands.
Millet Bird Sanctuary
Located in the heart of Saint Lucia, is the Millet Bird Sanctuary Trail; a haven of bird life. Over thirty species of birds can be found there, including five endemic species: the Saint Lucia Parrot, Saint Lucia Black Finch, Saint Lucia Oriole, Saint Lucia Pewee and Saint Lucia Warbler. This trail provides a breath-taking view of the Roseau Dam, the largest in the Eastern Caribbean.
Des Cartier Rainforest Trail
The trail is situated 6 miles inland from Micoud on the main Castries to Vieux Fort road. This is one of the best birding sites in Saint Lucia. Visitors have a good chance of seeing the rare birds, especially the Saint Lucia Parrot.
Vieux Fort Wetlands
There are a number of pools and wet areas where a river has been diverted at the western end of Hewanorra International Airport. The area is approximately 6 acres and it attracts several bird species throughout the year. Many species of ducks, herons, sand pipers, plovers, egrets, gallinules, rails and other shorebirds and waterfowl find a temporary place of sojourn at the pond.
Rainforest Sky Rides Park
The Rainforest Sky Rides property is located in the North East of St. Lucia, on the northwestern edge of Morne La Sorciere, within the Castries Waterworks Reserve. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Saint Lucia is natural forest, of which fifteen percent (15%) is protected by law.
The Castries Waterworks reserve was declared a Forest reserve in 1916 and is the oldest protected forest area in Saint Lucia. It covers an area of 3,442 acres which also makes it the third largest on the island. It was declared a Forest Reserve for the protection of the water resources to supply the city of Castries.
The forest reserve is the preferred habitat of most bird species on the island and 5 of the 7 endemic birds can be found.
On the 25th of November 2016 Prince Harry officially designated the Castries Water Works Reserve and surrounding rainforest as Saint Lucia's contribution to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Project.
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Gros Piton Nature Trail
The Gros Piton Nature Trail takes you to the top of one of Saint Lucia’s famous volcanic peaks, where a breathtaking view awaits you. It is also an excellent spot to see the Saint Lucia Wren around the broad middle zone forest. You can also spot some other endemic birds as you make your way to the summit.