Bermuda - Bermuda’s #1 Nature Reserve

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Bermuda’s #1 Nature Reserve

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(13 reviews)
Smiths Parish Bermuda, Bermuda, Bermuda
40 mins

About the tour

Spittal Pond Nature Reserve Bermuda is an unbelievably beautiful place, but what if you had to pick the most beautiful place on the island? For many locals, it’s Spittal Pond Nature Reserve. Take in the dramatic landscape, spot a variety of wildlife and even uncover some interesting Bermuda history. Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is a lush and leafy sanctuary located in Smith’s Parish on Bermuda’s South Shore. The reserve (the largest on the island) is spread over 64 acres, with a winding trail that leads to spectacular coastal views and Spittal Pond itself, a serene body of water that’s perfect for a picnic. The reserve is also known for its rocky shore habitat, including an unusual marine limestone formation that locals call "the Checkerboard." This concentration of different habitats within a small area is one reason Spittal Pond was declared a Wetland of International Importance in 1999. Spittal Pond is positively teeming with life. The reserve’s diverse habitats provide a home for wide variety of animals. The reserve is best known for its unparalleled birdwatching opportunities, but that’s just the beginning of the wildlife you’ll encounter here, from the colourful Sally Lightfoot Crab to fluttering buckeye butterflies. Of particular note is the Bermuda skink, one of the rarest lizards in the world. Barely eight inches long when full grown, the skink is critically endangered – be sure to tread carefully. Other creatures you may see during your time in Spittal Pond are on the other end of the size spectrum: 40-ton humpback whales are often spotted from Portuguese Rock here during Bermuda’s peak whale-watching months of March and April. Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is heaven for birdwatchers, especially during migratory seasons. Even if you’re not an avid birder, you’ll leave the reserve with a far greater appreciation of Bermuda’s feathered friends. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for the tuneful White-Eyed Vireo, a songbird (affectionately known in Bermuda as the “Chick-of-the-Village”) that can appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. Bermuda was settled in 1612 by the survivors of the shipwrecked Sea Venture. It could've gone much differently. In 1543, a Portuguese ship wrecked on the treacherous reefs that surround the island. The crew of the vessel made its way to dry land in what is now Spittal Pond, and spent the next few weeks living off the sea turtles and building a pinnace (a light, oar-propelled boat) to take them away from the then-unnamed island. But before they left, one of the crew climbed to the top of a craggy formation and carved the letters “RP” (possibly meaning Rex Portugaliae, for the King of Portugal) and the year, 1543, marking the very first known human visitors to Bermuda. Today, there’s a bronze plaque commemorating one of the great “what ifs” of the island’s history. For more info on Bermuda visit www.gotobermuda.com N.B. Juan de Bermúdez was a Spanish navigator of the 16th century. In 1505, while sailing back to Spain from a provisioning voyage to Hispaniola in the ship La Garça, he discovered Bermuda which was later named after him.

Meet Tony Brannon

Tony Brannon

I was raised in the entertainment world by my father Terry, who opened Bermuda's 1st International nightclub the 40 Thieves Club in 1962. Everyone from Mel Torme, Neil Diamond, The Shirelles, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black, Tom Jones and dozens more performed at the 40. In 1970/1971 I was assistant to the tour manager on the Tom Jones US tour. In 1978 I built Bermuda's 1st disco - Disco 40. I have produced entertainment in Bermuda for over 40 years and created the Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concerts. Artists I brought to Bermuda include: Nils Lofgren, Paul Carrack, Paul Young, Hiram Bullock, John Sebastian, Billy Preston, Jeff Golub, Roger McGuinn, Judie Tzuke, Squeeze, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Biggie Irie, Splashband, Spice & Co, Tony O'Malley, Jimmy Keys, Peaches & Herb, Gary US Bonds, The Fab Faux, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, The Hamish Stuart Band, Jamie Lawson. If I could describe myself in only one sentence, that would be... MUSIC IS MY LIFE. Besides being my livelihood, music has been, through all these years, my inspiration, my joy, my solace in times of trouble, and my compass when I've lost my direction. Music gives me energy and purpose, adds meaning to my actions and always brings a ray of sun that guides me through the darkest night.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Bermuda with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Bermuda. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Marilyn M.

03 September 2021

As always, Tony is an excellent guide. Shame the birds were all fast asleep in their nests in the heat of the day.

Kathy D.

03 September 2021

Great tour..very informative!

Wendy L.

03 September 2021

sorry not what I expected, left after 2 min

Tessa U.

01 July 2021

Lovely tour with Tony of the Nature Reserve - always enthusiastic, knowledgeable and good humoured.

Chris (Arizona) M.

30 June 2021

Another wonderful tour by Tony! I was unaware that Bermuda had a nature reserve. So cool to walk along the wooded area. Thanks much!!

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