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The Gift That Lasts Forever: Alfred Blackburn Smith Reserve

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in our Fall 2006 issue. Since the publication of this article, Elfrida Chappell has passed away, leaving the property in the care of her family.    What could be sweeter than giving a present to your country and countrymen by wrapping up a parcel of land? With so little open space left on this tiny island - not even golf courses seem safe from developers' covetous clutches - The Bermudian…


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Bermuda Beasts: Diamondback Terrapin

Sometimes known as a mangrove terrapin, you’ll find these little friendly creatures in land-locked brackish water ponds in Hamilton Parish. They are classified as a level 2 protected species and declared to be Vulnerable under the Protected Species Act. Find…


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Field Notes: The Screw Pine

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the September 1954 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.   One of the more curious trees found growing in Bermuda is the Screw…


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4 Important Bermuda Ponds

In general, Bermudians don’t pay much attention to ponds. For many years they were believed to be wholly unimportant ecosystems, and in the early days of the island many of them were used as trash dumps, or filled in. Now,…


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Bermuda Beasts: Spiny Lobster

The first of September marks the start of lobster season in Bermuda, when it is legal to possess, hunt (so long as one has a permit) and consume the sweet meat of the spiny lobster. Between September 1st and March…

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6 Birds Extinct in Bermuda, and One That Came Back

Many important fossils of pre-colonial animals have been found through cave excavations in Bermuda. In these undisturbed habitats, former wildlife and plants are well preserved and can offer insight into what came before us. Since terrestrial species, as well as…