Hawksbill Turtle Project
The longest-running, privately funded initiative of its kind, Jumby Bay’s Hawksbill Project focuses on the scientific study of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and works to ensure the species’ survival and recovery. The secluded beaches of Jumby Bay Island have long been a favored nesting ground for the hawksbills. Each year, from June to November, a project team monitors nesting activities, recording each event and tagging each turtle. Since the project’s inception in 1987, over 450 turtles have been individually identified and tagged, and hundreds of thousands of hatchlings have scurried down the sand into Pasture Bay to begin their life journeys. For more information on the project, please visit www.jbhp.org. Resort guests and local school children have the opportunity to actively participate in Turtle Watches which are beach patrols to tag and study nesting hawksbills.
Jumby Bay is home to a protected and cultivated flock of sheep that has inhabited the island for over 400 years. The sheep are descendants of a line brought to the island by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century. The short-coated, black-and-white breed is much larger in size and stature than the sheep found on mainland Antigua. Rams are brought in to sustain healthy progeny and the continuation of the line. The flock numbers 20-25 sheep. When the herd’s numbers increase, sheep are given to farmers on the mainland who prize the sheep’s size for breeding purposes.
A stunning five-acre waterfowl sanctuary lies at the heart of Jumby Bay Island. This undisturbed natural world is home to a rare mix of beautiful tropical birds, including graceful egrets, playful bananaquits, whistling ducks, hummingbirds and the marvelous Blue Pelican. For decades, the waterfowl sanctuary was a cherished signature element of the private island. Following a period of slow environmental decline that led to the disappearance of many birds, the homeowner’s association undertook active restoration of the waterside preserve in 2014. The rehabilitation project, which involved the carving of new waterways, implementation of aeration systems and addition of viewing areas, has transformed the property. The grasses and ponds are flourishing and the birds have returned home to this magical island habitat.
Jumby Bay Farm
In the Caribbean, where most fresh produce must be imported from the United States, South America and Europe, Jumby Bay Island stands out. Jumby Bay is becoming increasingly self-sufficient having created an on-site farm which provides an important competitive and quality edge in providing its island residents and resort guests with the finest of highly nutritious, flavorful “Jumby grown” vegetables, herbs and fruits. wonderful space has been created in the middle of our 300 – acre island and the farm has become a space full of verdant growth and natural vitality. Peppers, cucumbers, beans, watermelons, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, spinach and aubergine are available along with fresh herbs – cilantro, basil, parsley, lemon grass, mint, rosemary, thyme and chives. Orchard trees bearing lemons and limes, mangos, papaya and bananas are being grown and there are now two dozen chickens providing fresh eggs daily.
Maiden Island, which is owned by Jumby Bay, is the site for one of the largest coral reef restoration project performed with designed artificial reefs called “Reef Balls.” 3,200 prefabricated reef modules were deployed on all sides of the island but the primary reef was created on the windward side and was heavily planted with propagated and rescued coral and other marine life.