More than 285 children, teachers, camp leaders and parents flocked to Spittal Pond this morning to learn about Bermuda’s environment and history through the Bermuda National Trust‘s annual Children’s Nature Walk, which was sponsored by Arch Re.
Many of the schoolchildren had the added experience of seeing – often for the first time in their lives – humpback whales breaching and playing off the South Shore in Smith’s Parish.
Taking in the sights of one of Bermuda’s most spectacular open spaces, walkers experienced nature firsthand with help from BNT volunteer guides and an inspiring group of Bermuda College Environmental Science students.
Local experts Peter Drew, Amy Harvey, Claire Grenfell, Karen Border, Erich Hetzel, Janice Hetzel and the Trust’s Conservation Officer, Lawrence Doughty were on hand to share their knowledge on nature reserve management, migratory birds, pond biology and plant species.
Children and adults alike discovered local cultural and historical tales from Bermudian artist Ronnie Chameau and the Trust’s Museums Manager Rohan Shastri and learned about the varied species that inhabit this 64-acre wetland including the elusive American Eel and the Bermuda Skink.
Governor John Rankin Minister of Youth Development & Sports Nandi Outerbridge and Minister of Environment & Planning Sylvan Richards joined the walk and interacted with the participants.
Bill Zuill, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Trust said, “The turn-out was wonderful despite the slightly blustery weather. This has been an amazing opportunity to introduce one of our most beloved nature reserves to so many of Bermuda’s new generation and we hope that they will remember this experience for years to come.”
Somersfield Academy students spotting Humpback Whales off Portuguese Rock.
The Governor John Rankin; William White, President of the Bermuda National Trust and Bill Zuill, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Trust.
Bermudian artist Ronnie Chameau telling the story of Jeffrey’s Cave.
Karen Border of the Bermuda Audubon Society teaching students about Bermuda’s birds.
BNT Volunteer Helen Orchard with a walking group.
Amy Harvey from Bermuda College demonstrating the pH of pond water vs ocean water.