British Virgin Islands Wildlife & Marine Life
British Virgin Islands wildlife in general
Craggy coastlines, rocky cliffs, and long sandy beaches are attracting different British Virgin Islands wildlife to these islands and, in recent years, conservation programmes are protecting and reintroducing, and have reintroduced, endangered wildlife to the British Virgin Islands.
Anegada, British Virgin Islands wildlife
Remote Anegada is low, small, flat coral island with deserted white sandy beaches – popular with hawksbill turtles that nest on the beaches on the north coast. Flamingos were successfully reintroduced to the island in the early 1990s and are now breeding well. The lizard population is gradually growing too, as the cat sterilisation project continues to be successful. In the shallow waters of Horseshoe Reef you’ll find long slender bonefish and in the deep waters beyond the reef there are flying fish, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin and wahoo.
British Virgin Islands wildlife – Guana Island
The craggy coastline and rocky cliffs of secluded Guana Island, a relatively small private island and wildlife sanctuary in the British Virgin Islands, are home to a rich collection of birdlife. There are around 50 different bird species, including some endangered species such as the small raptor, Newton’s barefoot screech owl, and the roseate tern. There are also large colonies of brown pelicans and brown boobies.
Rock iguanas have been reintroduced, and there are now some large examples around – they grow to around 6ft long. Of course, as throughout the Caribbean, there is an abundance of marine life – estimated at 100 species of tropical fish in the reefs at Guana Island, and there are some favoured nesting spots here for sea turtles.
British Virgin Islands wildlife – Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda is one of the most significant of the British Virgin Islands for wildlife which includes one of the world’s smallest lizards (gecko) and two endangered snakes (a ground snake and worm snake).
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as British Virgin Islands wildlife, is of interest to you, you will probably enjoy our Caribbean Book Reviews section as we have reviewed several Caribbean wildlife books. To find out more about birds in the region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
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