Visitors to Paget Marsh can view the island’s interior as it appeared to the first colonists, Sir George Somers and the crew of the shipwrecked Sea Venture. The 29 acre nature reserve features the last surviving endemic forest of Bermuda palmetto and cedar trees, grasslands, plus various types of wetland habitat such as mangrove ponds.
Prior to 1999 exploring Paget Marsh was a muddy experience for only the most enthusiastic of nature lovers. However, thanks to a generous donation by an American philanthropist and local resident, a boardwalk now spans the area. It brings the marsh’s natural delights to those of us who prefer to minimize our visits to the laundry. Information signs tell the story of the area, and give further information about the bird and plant life found here.
The nature reserve is a peaceful habitat for many native birds, such as the white-eyed vireo. It also attracts a variety of migratory species like the American bittern.
The boardwalk is only a few hundred yards long and the most visitors will find an hour here more than enough. Spittal Pond is more extensive and boasts more dramatic landscapes.
The marsh is jointly owned and managed by the Bermuda National Trust and the Bermuda Audubon Society. Entrance is free. It’s open from sunrise to sunset.