Interest in nature is on the rise, and for those who find joy in wild organisms of every kind, the tropics provide an unparalled opportunity to see nature at her most expressive and abundant. Nevis is an especially fine place for nature-lovers, because it is one of the few islands in the West Indies which is still relatively unspoiled, both on land and underwater.

Birdwatching is a lot of fun here: there are over 148 species that either live on the island year-round, or migrate through. A few birds are bright and showy, and several are rare or unusual. There are eight species of hawks, three different types of hummingbirds, and lots of different sea birds. To enjoy birding, try either hiking up the mountain in search of the Bridled Quail-dove and the elusive Purple-throated Carib (this is a hummingbird, not the beer!), or perhaps you would prefer to sit on the beach watching Magnificent Frigatebirds soar overhead like giant pterodactyls.

There are over 63 different kinds of butterflies on Nevis. Beautiful yellow ones are very common (these are several different kinds of Sulphur butterflies), but there are also orange, red, green, blue, white, and even black ones. All these can easily be found up the mountain, around gardens, or wherever there are lots of flowers. Butterflies are in fact Nevis's main natural pollinators, because honeybees are not native to the island.

Many of the birds, and all of the butterflies, flourish so well because of the rich plant life on Nevis. As far as introduced vegetation goes, there are hundreds of different kinds of palm trees, and thousands of beautiful flowering plants from all around the world (over 700 succulents alone). And of course, much of the original native plantlife of Nevis still exists, waiting to be properly documented; this ranges from giant trees hidden in valleys on the mountainside, to small delicate flowering plants on rocks by the shore.

Offshore, one can still find numerous types of coral, hundreds of species of crabs, brightly-coloured fish, and a bewildering variety of shell-bearing creatures. Living in some of the abandoned Queen Conch shells are small shrimps and the occasional small octopus.  Diving and snorkelling can really be a lot of fun on Nevis!

The Beach Morning Glory blooms all year round on Nevis. This attractive vine actually serves an important purpose, as its roots stabilize the sand on the upper platform of the beaches, which helps significantly in limiting erosion of the shoreline during swells and storms.