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Hundreds of children given tour of Spittal Pond during BNT nature walk

Nature trail: Children take part in the Bermuda National Trust’s Children’s Nature Walk at Spittal Pond (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Hundreds of children took part yesterday in a walk that gave them the opportunity to learn about one of Bermuda’s most popular nature reserves.

More than 200 children attended the Bermuda National Trust’s Children’s Nature Walk with their parents, grandparents and camp leaders in tow.

The event, sponsored by Arch Re, took place at Spittal Pond — Bermuda’s biggest bird sanctuary and home to diverse habitats and a variety of birds, particularly during migration seasons.

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A BNT spokeswoman said: “It is also a very important cultural heritage site, with Portuguese Rock, the oldest evidence of humans on the island, and Jeffrey’s Cave, where an enslaved man was said to have hidden from his enslavers for several weeks.”

For the nature walk, volunteers led groups of children and their caretakers through different stations in the reserve, where they learnt about its varied habitats and features from local scientists and educators.

Peter Drew, from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), taught the children about the history and significance of Spittal Pond. While Alison Copeland, also from the DENR, spoke about the aquatic life in the pond.

Another station included an explanation of the “checkerboard” rock formation and the natural forces that shaped Bermuda from Robbie Smith, curator of the National History Museum.

Other speakers included Alex Amat, from the Bermuda Zoological Society; Erich and Janice Hetzel, from the Bermuda Audubon Society; Kim Dismont, the director of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs; and Rui De Sa, who spoke about the significance of Portuguese Rock.

At the end of the walk, government veterinary surgeon Jonathan Nisbett talked about dairy farming and milk production in Bermuda.

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Published April 06, 2022 at 7:36 am (Updated April 06, 2022 at 1:27 pm)

Hundreds of children given tour of Spittal Pond during BNT nature walk

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