Castle Harbour Islands Nature Reserve
Located at the south-eastern corner of Bermuda, the Castle Harbour Islands Nature Reserve contains all of the islands and islets lying across the mouth of Castle Harbour between Tuckers Town and Cooper's Island. This includes Nonsuch Island, Southampton Island, Charles Island, Castle Island and a number of smaller rocks and islets.
The Castle Harbour Islands contain many of Bermuda's critically endangered endemic species such as the Bermuda Skink and Cahow (Bermuda Petrel). The Castle Harbour Islands have also been recognised by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) for the Caribbean. For these reasons, public access to the islands is strictly controlled.
The Castle Harbour Islands also contain important historical sites. These include Southampton Fort on Southampton Island and 3 fortifications (Devonshire Redoubt, the King's Castle and the Landward Fort) on Castle Island.
Related Research & Reading:
- The Cahow Recovery Program
- White-tailed Tropicbird (Longtail) Breeding Survey Report