Sea grape season

It’s soon sea grape season. In Barbados, apples, and oranges, peaches are often in abundance in the supermarket, but seasonal fruits are a favourite among the people. With each season comes a new fruit (sometimes in 2s and 3s.) On the heels of a lovely mango season that’s now rounding off, we get ready to…

Tree Tips for Tropical Travelers: manchineel

The manchineel (also know as "beach apple" or Hippomane mancinella), is a yellowish-green fruit that is not to be consumed. Both the sap from the tree/bark/leaves and the fruit itself are poisonous and it's not advisable to linger under the tree when it's raining. This seaside or mangrove tree can grow as a bush or…

Hatchling turtle ๐Ÿข rescued from attack

It isn't every day you get to see a newborn turtle emerge from the nesting ground where its mother laid her eggs weeks before. The majority of baby turtles don't make it through their first days, and this little one was already under pressure, before its eyes could open and it could take its first…

Lessons from a sparky

Birds are so in tune. Somehow they know exactly when food is around. Even in the most seemingly-random open spaces, throw some crumbs in the air, and a bird or two suddenly appears. They have learned how to be proactive, aware of their environment, and watchful for what they are about to receive. They respond…

Sargassum seaweed: sightings and solutions

It arrived like a silent visitor of the sea, appearing in one area – then another – and another. Sargassum seaweed. Along the south east and north coasts of the island, heaps of the moss/seaweed are more prominent and seen along the shoreline. After a few days, the colour of it darkens as it's dried…