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“Tragedy that is has closed and no-one cares ....” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Graeme Hall Swamp

Ranked #120 of 210 things to do in Barbados
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Owner description: Stroll down the boardwalk and observe tropical wildlife and migrating birds in their natural habitat at this wildlife reserve.
London
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83 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Tragedy that is has closed and no-one cares ....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

We have visited this amazing nature reserve at least twice - when it was open. Its a great place to unwind from the frenetic lazing on the nearby beaches!! It is (or was) full of the most amazing birds and other wild life. BUT IS WAS CLOSED A FEW YEARS AGO AFTER A DISPUTE BETWEEN THE CANADIAN OWNER AND THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT. Indeed reports on the web (use Google) are that the Government totally ignored all correspondence from the owner and the Friends of Graeme Hall. Now only the cafe is open, and a small part of the garden. The walk-through aviaries are nailed shut. Birds can be seen inside one aviary by the cafe - one hopes that all animals inside the Reserve being properly cared for. The once brackish Lake has been damned off and the sluice to/from the sea has been barricaded by the Government. The run off of rain water from the nearby farm land and encroaching property developments is causing the Lake to become fresh - killing off the mangroves in the once brackish swamp and the wild-life that depends upon them. This whole affair brings Barbados and its Government into disrepute. Not good. The small cafe there and adjacent garden is currently open on Mon-Sat (sometimes on Sun).

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot to chill out but wish more of the grounds were open to the public...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2011

Stopped at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary in Christ Church on our last trip to Barbados. The grounds are breathtaking. Admission is technically free, you only need to buy something from the cafe to gain entry. They sell everything from coffee to ice cream so they trip needn't cost and arm and leg. So we had an afternoon snack, tood some great pictures and fed the fish (they are huge and this is great fun for kids). Big disappointment was that the owner's have apparently decided to close of most of the nature reserve from the public. We suspect a few rabble rousers spoiled it for the rest of us. Hopefully they'll change their minds and fully re-open this attraction in the near future.

Visited August 2011
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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“Breathtaking views of nature in the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2011

I just happened to pass by and saw the sign that the cafe was open and what a wonderful surprise it was to behold a very beautiful place in a concrete jungle. Google maps have aerial views of the sanctuary but I will post some of my own pictures.

The only thing however is that you have to patronize the cafe in order to explore the grounds. Some areas of the sanctuary are now restricted, but the little of what I saw as enough for me to have a lunch in a really beautiful environment and feel totally at one with nature.

This is a must visit for nature lovers. Sites and sounds are amazing.

Visited June 2011
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