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Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Yellow-faced Grassquit © Tony Northrup
Yellow-faced Grassquit © Tony Northrup

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the island of Jamaica's wide variety of colourful birdlife. Founded in 1954 by Lisa Salmon (affectionately known as 'the bird lady'), today the sanctuary is managed by the knowledgeable and charming Fritz, a man who is blessed with an almost St Francis-like gift for beckoning birds down from the surrounding boughs.

The highlight of the trip is the opportunity to hand-feed hummingbirds - including the Doctor Bird, Jamaica's national bird - while relaxing in the shade on the Sanctuary's patio. The sanctuary is lush and full of plants and flowers so apart from the bird sighting opportunities it is a lovely place to wander off for a nature walk.

The sanctuary is nearby Montego Bay, but the roads are bad, so many prefer to travel with a tour and an experienced driver.

Address: On the road to the village of Anchovy

Website: www.rocklandsbirdsanctuary.info