We attended the 16:00 bird feeding and were very disappointed. The guy with the seed did not acknowledge our existence - made no eye contact and did not say a word during our 45 minute visit, and eventually wandered off.
First he threw a bucket of seed onto the lid of a concrete water tank, and sure enough a load of birds (3 or 4 species) came down and ate it all up. He also filled 4 or 5 upturned glass bottles with sugar water and a further 3 or 4 species came and drank it. That was that.
Reading the faded information literature in the 'reception' it was clear that the impressive lady who founded the place had handed it over to a trust on her death in 1983, but since then it seems to have been in relentless decline. The building is a crumbling wreck, there is no information whatsoever available on birds or the sanctuary as a whole, the trails are unmarked, unguided and overgrown. Frankly we couldn't understand the attraction.
This facility has massive potential, located as it is in the heart of Tobago's wealthiest villa and hotel area, and having some lovely wooded hills overlooking the north coast. But it needs a significant overhaul and investment in trail clearing, renovation of the buildings and some basic visitor care.
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