The British Virgin Islands (BVI), an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, is at the eastern end of the Greater Antillean chain of islands in the northern Caribbean Sea, and comprise more than 60 islands, cays, and rocks. As an archipelago, the Virgin Island are politically divided between BVI and the United States Virgin Islands, and once formed a continuous landmass with Puerto Rico and was only isolated in relatively recent geologic time.
The main islands of BVI include Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada, although 15 islands are inhabited.
Cactus shrub and dry woodland are the main types of vegetation you will see, although much of this was modified during the plantation era and for modern human development.
More than 210 species of birds have been recorded from the BVI. A small core of permanent resident breeding species is augmented by seabirds in the summer months and numerous Neotropical migrants from North America during the winter months. There are eight endemic restricted range species that can be found on BVI, including the Bridled Quail-dove, Caribbean Elaenia, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, and Green-throated Carib.
During the summer months, BVI hosts a range of seabirds that nest on the offshore cays and islets. At least 15 species of seabirds breed on the islands and the populations of Roseate tern and Magnificent Frigatebird are globally significant. These nesting seabirds face a range of threats including human disturbance, and predation from a range of invasive mammalian predators.