Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, Bermuda

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Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Bermuda, located close to the Atlantic coast of Smith's Parish. Surrounding the third largest pond in Bermuda, Spittal Pond, it covers an area of. It is one of 13 parks or reserves managed by the Bermuda Department of Conservation Services which protects and conserves environmentally critical areas and habitats.The pond reserve, a wetland site, is one of the seven Ramsar Sites in Bermuda, which was approved on 10 May 1999 for the criteria (i, iii and iv) of its unique characteristics such as its lagoon which is permanently brackish, ecology featuring wet grassland and mangrove forests, seasonal shorebirds, other waterbirds and European eels.GeographySpittal Pond Nature Reserve is situated in the Smith's Parish. The habitat comprises rocky shore habitat which includes limestone pavement formation called "the Checkerboard". Ostensibly fresh water, with no connection to the nearby Atlantic, the pond is in fact brackish as the ocean can inundate the lake during severe storms. Hurricanes and gales with strong winds are a common feature. Hurricane tides and waves impacts the pond is its south coast line (extending over a length of consisting of the reef line is only 100- off shore. A very thin line of small hillocks separate the pond from the ocean and there are also three low lands through which waves flood the lake during hurricanes. The 2003 hurricane is reported to have caused a wave height inundating the pond with silt, boulders and trees causing serious disturbance in its ecological conditions. In such circumstances, parts of the lake can become discoloured and malodorous due to the work of sulphur-producing bacteria which thrive in brackish conditions. The reserve is mudflats and salt marsh in 80% of its area, with 10% comprising freshwater, 6% tidal flats, 3% salt marshes and 1% rocky shores 1%. The watershed is formed by hills surrounding which are densely forested.
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  • We hiked this area, and got lost for a short bit. But it is not too big so we found our way within a few minutes. Very infrequently visited by tourists, so this was a good one for us!  more »
  • I'm a local and I love this reserve for more than one reason. It's a great mixture of coastal and pond views. The terrain is constantly changing, and it's full of lush flora and fauna. I enjoy taking ...  more »
  • This is probably as much as a hike you'd get in Bermuda and its a beautiful one! A complete circle of the Nature Reserve is about 1.25 miles. I wouldn't recommend going right after a hard rain as it c...  more »
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  • Nice place to walk dogs but the ground can be rough so be careful (no paved paths here). There's a parking lot with a portable bathroom. There's also a nice beach about a mile down which is worth checking out.
  • Great place for walking, exploring Bermuda’s natural environment, and even a little bit of history - be sure to take the time to find Portuguese Rock and Jeffrey’s Cave.
  • WOW! The rock formations are incredible! Take some time to really explore along the coast, it's not a long trail or very strenuous. The famous Portugal rock is also located here. Each end of the trail has a car park and is not far from a bus stop.
  • Great views of the crashing surf and rugged coastline. A circular hiking trail takes about an hour.
  • Beautiful nature reserve, very serene with interesting rock formations and different areas to explore. A great to do on your own or with the whole family!

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