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Woburn Clarkes Court Bay


Conservation benefit: Protection of three miles of mangrove coastline; support of wildlife-based tourism and environmental education

Community benefit: Repair of existing birdwatching platform, new small platform and signs

Date Approved: 02.2021


This project supports a local conservation-based tourism initiative.


This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

The largest intact mangrove ecosystem in Grenada lies within the Woburn Clarkes Court Bay Marine Protected Area. The mangroves protect more than three miles of coastline from erosion and critical habitat for commercial fish species. They also provide nesting, roosting, and feeding areas for resident and migratory birds. Native iguanas, snakes, and a variety of other terrestrial wildlife are also found there.

The MPA is under the jurisdiction of Grenada’s fisheries and forestry departments, but neither agency assigns rangers to the protected area. That means that the efforts of the nonprofits Grenada Fund for Conservation and the Woburn Woodlands Development Organization are crucial. These organizations conduct programs that clean up trash, teach local and national audiences about mangroves, and replant mangroves.

A 2011 Seacology project protected mangroves here and funded viewing towers, where visitors can see birds and other wildlife. Since then, the mangroves have grown impressively. In fact, the tower is no longer very good for birdwatching, because the trees are almost as tall as the tower. The government has tackled this problem by trimming the trees, but this approach damages the mangroves and helps only temporarily.

This project provides a more sustainable solution, which also encourages wildlife-based tourism and environmental education, by:

Repairing the old platform. After ten years of heavy use by birdwatchers, school groups, and community members, the platform needs new supports, stair treads, and railings.

Replacing old interpretive materials. Weathered signs are being replaced by new panels that describe the forest’s bird community and give general information.

Building a new viewing platform. A floating platform along the shoreline, at a natural break in the mangroves, will offer a better vantage for birdwatching and can be used regardless of tides and weather.

Project Updates

February 2023

Our project partners have run into two challenges: the rising cost of materials and difficulty finding an affordable builder. Bids have come in much higher than expected, and local workers do not have the skills needed. Our partners are talking with other local groups about alternative uses of the grant funds; one possibility is to build and equip a small mangrove interpretive center at Woburn, under the existing birdwatching tower. They plan to come back to us with a plan.

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June 2022

A civil engineer has drawn up plans for the new floating boardwalk/birdwatching platform, and our project partner is looking for a builder who can start construction soon.

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February 2022

The repair of the birdwatching platform and construction of a new, floating platform have begun.

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