Hungry Bay Nature Reserve
Hungry Bay is the best example of a large coastal mangrove swamp in Bermuda. Hungry Bay has both the Red Mangrove and Black Mangrove, and the closely related Buttonwood. The mangroves provide important habitat for birds, such as herons, visiting songbirds and local endemics like the White-eyed Vireo. Numerous other species inhabit the Hungry Bay mangroves, including snails, crabs, lizards and insects. The prop roots of the Red Mangrove trees also provide homes for marine invertebrates like oysters, sponges and algae. The high diversity of food available around these prop roots, and the protection they offer from predators, attracts many types of fish. Some species found in the Hungry Bay mangroves, such as the Giant Land Crab, are rarely seen and have been wiped out in other parts of Bermuda.
Hungry Bay Nature Reserve also protects areas of salt marsh and rocky shore habitat, which are home to rare species like the Land Hermit Crab and protected species like the West Indian Topshell.
Hungry Bay is one of Bermuda's seven Ramsar Sites, recognising its importance as a wetland of international significance.