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“In a sad state”

Sherwin Nature Reserve
Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We visited Sherwin Nature Reserve yesterday. I wish we had read Steve's review before going: I confirm every word of it! The trail is not just unkempt but even spooky, with spider webs across the path... We were glad to get out. I believe the place has a lot of potential but is completely overlooked and uncared for.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had a great vacation for our first visit to the lovely island of Bermuda. But the only disappointment was the massive opportunity missed by the Bermuda Parks department and the Bermudan National trust to get people off the beaches and golf courses and walking or cycling its nature attractions. It’s as if they don’t expect people to be bothered with the Nature attractions, therefore neither will they.
Reading the published blurb, it sounds a good spot. “Spread across 9 acres of marshy and wooded land and having a large pond which is viewable from a lookout deck, with a nice walking trail having pathways and handrails and sign boards all around telling you the stories and origin of the plantations and the animal life.”
Unfortunately reality is somewhat different..
The only access we could find to the pond was at the eastern end by Olive Bank Drive, and this gave you a view of a small part of the pond at that end. So much for the lookout deck. The nice walking trail is an overgrown track through the forest with a difficult to follow pathway and no handrails in sight. And when you do find one of the sign boards, a machete is in order to remove enough vegetation to read it. But this you may be wary to do, due to the much more conspicuous signs warning you to be wary of the poison ivy…
And that’s if you manage to find it in the first place as the signage from Bermuda Railway trail is almost non existent.
Frankly , if you are like us and had planned to detour from the Bermuda Railway trail to visit this one on the strength of the description given in tourist information, don’t bother..
Sadly, like Paget Marsh, which is in an even worse state of upkeep , this is another one where a little bit of effort and joined up thinking could make a much better attraction.

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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Sherwin Nature Reserve is hard to find unless you know it is there. Once there, the swamp has dried up leaving you far from the pond that holds wild fowl (go to Somerset Nature Preserve or Paget Marsh for a better marsh/wildlife viewing experience). The best thing to do from this point is to hike up to the Railroad Trail and head west (toward SouthHampton). MAKE CERTAIN YOU NOTE WHERE Sherwin Nature Reserve 'meets' the RR trail, or you'll whiz right past it on the return back to your car. We did (and there were about 12 of us!). I'm all for preserving public land (and there WAS a pull-out to park), but the signs are few and the sights are fewer.

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