Nonsuch Island, Bermuda

Nonsuch Island, Bermuda

Nonsuch Island, Bermuda

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Nonsuch Island (originally Nonesuch Island) is part of the chain which makes up Bermuda. It is located in St George's Parish, in the northeast of the territory. It is 5.7 ha (14 acres) in area and is situated at the eastern entrance to Castle Harbour, close to the south-easternmost point of Cooper's Island (now ostensibly part of the much larger St David's Island). Latitude (DMS): 32° 20' 52 N Longitude (DMS): 64° 39' 48 W


In 1865 it served as a Yellow Fever quarantine hospital. In 1930 it served as a base for William Beebe and Otis Barton's landmark bathysphere dive.


The island is a wildlife sanctuary. Wooded and with a small freshwater marsh, access to the public is strictly limited. The restoration of the once barren island into a 'Living Museum of pre-colonial Bermuda' is the lifetime work of now retired Bermudian ornithologist and conservationist David B. Wingate, and part of his effort to bring back from near-extinction the once plentiful endemic nocturnal seabird, and national emblem of Bermuda, the Cahow. This project involves the reintroduction of other species, notably the West Indian Topshell and the Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

Accounts written at the time of Bermuda's settlement leave no doubt that herons and egrets of several species were resident and breeding on the island. Diego Ramirez (in Wilkinson 1950) describing the events of his shipwreck on Bermuda in 1603, wrote of "the many very large dark herons" and Sylvanus...
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