The Botanic Park is one of the few places in Cayman where the
Native Flora can be appreciated
and viewed in comfort. Also, because the area is that of
a low elevation landscape, subtle variations in topography and
flooding patterns trigger dramatic changes in the flora. This
makes the Park an almost ideal outdoor classroom that plays a
valuable role in local environmental education.
The Botanic Park also functions as a modest protected area -- all
the forest enclosed by the
Woodland Trail and south of the lake is protected to conserve
the area's Native flora and
fauna. Extensive areas of natural forest are the key to conservation
of so many of Cayman's native plants and animals, and the Park's
contribution is reflected in the abundant wildlife to be seen
on the trails and in the gardens. Birds such as the Caribbean
Dove (Leptotila jamaicensis), the Cuban Bullfinch
(Melopyrrha nigra) and our Cayman
Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) or plants such
as the tiny unique Caymanian
orchids, are indications of the health of the forest.
Even in the more managed areas of the Park, conservation care
threads through at many levels. Native trees provide shade
in the colour gardens, and the Park's semi-natural lake now provides
habitat for the threatened West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna
arborea) and a range of other waterfowl.
Even an unremarkable area of landscape is a managed areas of
the Park can have a conservation purpose such as the Orchid
Boardwalk that showcase several highly endangered,where
uniquely Caymanian plants and scientifically documented collection
are held as a security against the potential extinction of the
plants in their natural range.
Ecologically friendly developpers do call us before their project
is under way.
Plants of special interest are sent abroad for further identification.