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“What a Shame.”

Reviewed February 5, 2014

A friend of mine who spent a lot of time in Tobago many many years ago recommended a visit here. So we gave it a try, I'm sure if he was present the day we went, he would think he was in the wrong place. It is poorly signposted from the main road and I would suggest a jeep or the likes of to get you up there as the track is dreadful. Just after 4 pm the birds got fed, it was a very poor affair. Lots of Chacalacas-Doves-Banana Quits-1 Motmot. Looking around the place you can imagine how it was during its heyday it would have been a must visit. I just cannot see this surviving as a tourist attraction without a vast amount of money being spent on it and this I cannot see happening.
What a shame.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Nice place but not very well kept up. The drive up requires a 4-wheel drive. There is a somewhat rundown building and poorly maintained trails. Feeding time at 4pm brought in many Chacalacas (Coricos), motmots and BQ's but not much more.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

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.

1  Thank Africahand
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Very impressive place. Lots of birds getting very close. Visit this place at 16.00 and see how Mr. Sampson feeds the birds.

3  Thank BA_Uk
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We are staying at the adjacent house and have greatly enjoyed visiting the bird sanctuary. The people who run it are knowledgeable and very friendly and have shared a great deal with us

1  Thank colincecil
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