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Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, Hamilton

Spittal Pond Nature Reserve Overview

Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is owned by Bermuda Government and Bermuda National Trust. It is situated in Smiths Parish Bermuda and features a beautiful valley with a whopping pond with salty water. The sundry freshwater ponds in the reserve are embellished by expanse of marsh and woodland.

The place originally had ten strips of privately owned land. But due to the presence of salt marshes these were considered unfavourable for development and were being sold. Some part of the land was also purchased by the Bermuda Government and in year 1986, the Spittal Pond was given the designation of a protected park.

The park has two main entrances and both the entrances have parking lots where the tourists can park their vehicles. From the parking lot, the tourists will have to follow the trail and traverse the woods. On the way the vacationers can see the prickly pear cactus and Bermuda cedar. The woodland area in the reserve is formed by the community of pittosporum, Bermuda olivewoods, palmettos, and casuarinas trees. The Mexican pepper trees and spice trees also make the trailing trough the woodland pleasant and lively.

The flower tribe in the reserve comprises of gobs of wild flowers. Jamaican wireweed are the most beautiful of them all. The periphery of the woody area is adjoined by the Spitall Pond. The Spitall Pond is a wildlife sanctuary and it is accompanied by a peculiar Checkboard, a unique geographical formation slumping on the coastline. The superficies of the floor comprise of limestone and the grooves divide the floor into many squares. European Goldfinch, Kiskadee, Northern Cardinal, Grey Catbird, and White-eyed Vireo are some of the popular birds found in the reserve.

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