Paget Marsh
8.58 acres, Lovers Lane, Paget
Purchased 1965
Public access, boardwalk with interpretive signage

Paget Marsh is the least disturbed of Bermuda’s original peat marshes. Totalling over 20 acres, it is jointly owned and managed with Bermuda National Trust. A boardwalk with an interpretive trail makes this an easily accessible reserve for visitors and it is a good place to see waterfowl and woodland birds.

Paget Marsh’s most unique feature is approximately 14 acres of endemic Bermuda Cedar/Palmetto 'hammock' forest, which once covered pre-colonial Bermuda. This is the last place where a large sample of the original primeval forest cover of the island remains intact. In the shade of this forest survive a variety of native and endemic sedges, shrubs and ferns, which are dependent on the particular conditions found in this habitat. The rare endemic Bermuda SedgeCarexbermudianaand St. Andrew's CrossAscyrumhypericoides are now almost confined to Paget Marsh.

The marsh is particularly important and interesting in that it contains a diverse variety of wetland habitats, ranging from open water ditches and saw-grass savanna, to hammock forest, wax-myrtle thickets and stands of Red Mangrove Rhizophoramangle. It is home to many local woodland birds, such as Cardinals, Catbirds and White-eyed Vireos and can often host various warbler species, in particular the Yellow-rumpedor Myrtle Warbler. Orange-cheeked Waxbills are often seen in the grassy margins of the marsh, and Barn Owls frequently roost in the Palmettos and hunt along the ditches. During autumn and winter, these ditches often support Snipe and Wood Duck.

Man's impact on Paget Marsh has mainly come through the digging of drainage ditches around the periphery of the marsh in the 1940s and the introduction of aggressive acid soil plant species including GuavaPsidiumguajavaandArdiseaArdisiapolycephala. Management of the marsh has included culling these species followed by reforestation with Bermuda Cedars and other native plants in the resulting clearings. Audubon owns the central portion of the marsh.

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Photos courtesy of Andrew Dobson, Paul Watson, Chris Burville, Ras Mykkal, Jennifer Gray, Rosalind Wingate, Rick Slaughter and others.

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