Somerset Long Bay Nature Reserve (West)
2.71 acres, Long Bay Road, Somerset
Purchased, 1971/72
Visual access only

This reserve was acquired as an abandoned garbage tip and successfully restored as a fresh water mangrove pond habitat. Moorhens, coots, pied-billed grebes and yellow-crowned night herons have all nested here and purple gallinule can often be seen. The pond can be viewed from the perimeter fence.

Originally a marsh behind Somerset Long Bay beach, the site had been filled in with garbage in the early 20th century. After it was purchased in two parts in the early 1970s, the pond was re-excavated, leaving islands where healthy stands of mangroves had survived. The excavated material, a mixture of bottles, rusted metal, rubble, soil and peat, was used to form a level dyke north and east of the new one-acre pond. The pond turned out to be fresh rather than brackish water, despite its proximity to the beach. After it was deepened in 1979 to prevent it being choked by Sheathed Paspalum grass, it developed a rich freshwater marsh community with abundant Wigeon Grass, fish and invertebrate life to support waterfowl. Because of its location on the north-west tip of Bermuda, newly arrived migrants, including rarities, are often first spotted here.

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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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