Located off the north central coast of Anguilla, Katouche Canyon IBA is the site of one of the last remaining forest areas on the island. The approximately 185 acre area is the site of a small seasonal wetland and 2 limestone caves.
Once the site of a plantation, the ruins of an old well are easily spotted along the trail.
The caves play host to a large number of Fruit Bats throughout the year.
At Katouche Pond you will find small numbers of birds including Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts and White-cheeked Pintails. The elusive Yellow-crowned Night Heron can be seen as it feeds on crabs around the edge of the pond in the early morning and late afternoon.
The area is noted for 4 of the 5 Lesser Antilles Restricted Range Species: Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Caribbean Elaenia, Pearly-eyed Thrasher and Lesser Antillean Bullfinch. Although not listed as an IBA trigger species, the Green-throated Carib Hummingbird has also been noted in small numbers.
This is an important site for migratory warblers such as the Prothonotary, Black-and-white, and Prairie. Ovenbirds have also been identified. Yellow Warblers are often seen in the canopy as well.
A number of species of lizards and crabs are also present year-round making use of the diverse vegetation.
Katouche Bay is a great spot to enjoy Tropicbirds as they nest in the cliffs at the western end. Pelicans, Brown Boobies and other seabirds fish in the bay regularly. Tide pools along the rocky edge of the beach are full of fun marine life such as juvenile fish and sea slugs. All beaches on Anguilla are public so there are no limits to access on the bay.
In 2016 the owners of the property posted the land as no trespassing so the public is no longer allowed to enter. The beach is public like all beaches in Anguilla and access is free.
The family conducts tours for guests of their hotel development with their guide Oliver Hodge, who is a plant expert. You can find out more at Katouche Tours.