Asa Wright Nature Centre

The Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) is a biodiversity hotspot located in the heart of the Arima Valley Forest and is known to be the first nature centre in the Caribbean. There is something for everyone at AWNC but with the vast number of bird species, it can easily be considered a birder’s paradise.

Asa Wright (Photo by Aly DeGraff)

Asa Wright (Photo by Aly DeGraff)

AWNC has recorded over 150 bird species on site. On their verandah alone, one can spot an average of 20 species on an active morning. The site is also home to the Dunston Cave which is one of the most accessible sites for viewing the spectacular Oilbird! The site is located in a lush tropical forest habitat with a wide variety of bird species and in general a significant level of biodiversity that includes ocelot, red-brocket deer, and the silky anteater.

Water_Trinidad Asa Wright

Asa Wright (Photo by Kimberly Chu Foon)

Although many of the birds can be seen from the main house verandah, guests are encouraged to take tours along their trails which can highlight many of the forest species.

White-necked Jacobin (Photo by Aly DeGraff)

White-necked Jacobin (Photo by Aly DeGraff)

The primary touring trail is known as the Discovery Trail but in total there are 8 trails on site which overnight guests can access freely. Highlights of the general tour include the White-bearded Manakin lek, the Golden-headed Manakin lek and the Bearded Bellbird. Visitors also have access to their natural Clearwater pool and can enjoy a great meal in the dining room.

Green Honeycreeper.

Green Honeycreeper (Photo by Caleb Walker)

Getting There
The Asa Wright Nature Centre is located on the Arima Blanchisseuse Road at the 7 and 3/4 mile mark. To get there, you can take a left turn off the Churchill Roosevelt Highway onto Demerara Road. This road then leads into the Arima By-Pass and eventually the Arima Blanchisseuse Road. The driveway to the Centre is on the left side of the road. The resident entrance fee per person, for a day visit at the Centre is TT$30 for adults and TT$15  for children 12 years and under. The non-resident fee is US$10 for adults and US$6 for children 12 years and under.

The Birds
Target birds include the Oilbird, Bearded Bellbird, Golden-headed Manakin, White-bearded Manakin, Collared Trogon, Green-backed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, and the endemic Trinidad Motmot.

Purple Honeycreeper

Purple Honeycreeper (Photo by Caleb Walker)

For more information on day tours or overnight stays, visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre website at asawright.org.


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