The Ramsar Convention and Ramsar Sites in Bermuda
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. This agreement is most often called the Ramsar Convention, as it was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar on February 2nd 1971.
February 2nd 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention, and as of this date 160 parties have signed the treaty and 1,912 wetland sites have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance or ‘Ramsar Sites’.
The United Kingdom signed the Ramsar Convention on May 5th 1976 and extended the adoption of this treaty to its Overseas Territories including Bermuda. To date the UK has 168 designated Ramsar sites, (more than any other signatory country), 7 of which are in Bermuda.
Designated Ramsar sites in Bermuda are:
- Hungry Bay Mangrove Swamp (formerly 6UK007)UK41002
- Lover’s Lake Nature Reserve (formerly 6UK009) UK41003
- Paget Marsh (formerly 6UK010) UK41004
- Pembroke Marsh East (6UK008) UK41005
- Somerset Long Bay Pond (6UK005) UK41006
- Spittal Pond (6UK004) UK41007
- Warwick Pond (6UK006) UK41010
See more of Bermuda's Ramsar sites in our photo gallery
Learn More about Bermuda's Ramsar sites:
- See the Bermuda Audubon Society webpage for Somerset Long Bay Pond, Paget Marsh and Spittal Pond
- See the Bermuda National Trust webpages for Warwick Pond, Paget Marsh and Spittal Pond