Josiahs Bay Salt Pond

The pond is very large but access has been difficult in the past as it is surrounded by private property, but now a new Animal Shelter is being developed on a parcel adjacent to the pond and will allow east access from late 2017 onwards. The Animal Shelter will also be developing a constructed wetland waste treatment facility which will also attract birds. There is a plan to construct an observation platform or boardwalk and signage will be installed. Unlike other ponds on Tortola there are always birds at Josiahs Bay, so there is no disappointment if only in the BVI for a short period of time!

Birds commonly seen: Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Blue-winged Teal, White-cheeked Pintail, American Coot, Caribbean Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Greater Flamingo, Ruddy Duck, Common Moorhen.

Green Heron (Photo by Susan Zaluski)

Visiting:

The land at the Animal Shelter is adjacent to a main road leading to Josiahs Bay beach and will be clearly sign posted for the BVI Humane Society Animal Shelter.

Donations will be requested to visit the pond and this will go towards the Animal Shelter. There are no tour companies offering bird tours at present but the Animal Shelter will develop birding interpretation signs to self guide visitors.

Salt Pond at Josiahs Bay (Photo by Nancy Pascoe)

Additional Information:

Conservation threats – adjacent private parcels of land have done some reclamation and pollution to the pond is a concern, hence the reason the Animal Shelter is creating a constructed wetland so that waste does not impact the pond.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Photo by Nancy Pascoe)


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