Long Pond represents one of only 4 significant wetland areas within Barbados. It serves as an important stop-over point for birds migrating between North and South America. Although most of the wetlands are significantly degraded, their communities are still authentic remnants of communities from 300 years ago, and therefore, warrant preservation. Long Pond is protected under the Coastal Zone Management Act (1998).
A significant arm of Long Pond lies within the Walkers Reserve and represents a mix of open water, swamp grasslands, stands of coconuts and casuarinas. There are no mangroves in Long Pond although it is not clear whether they existed before and had been removed.
- To maintain the wetland in its current state with the option of augmenting the biodiversity through the enrichment of the flora with selective plantings.
- To provide a habitat for local and migratory species.
- The water in Long Pond is supplied by the Walkers River. Its level changes based on the sandbar that is created where the river enters the sea. The Level can fluctuate between 2-4 feet, sometimes totally inundating the grasslands lining the river.
- Mangroves could be a useful addition to the Long Pond ecosystem and warrants further research. As the regeneration occurs within the quarry, large expanses of fresh water will be exposed, creating new aquatic habitats that will supplement the brackish water system happening in Long Pond.
- No earthworks are recommended for this area.
- Long Pond serves as a beacon to migratory birds and will enhance the biodiversity of the entire quarry as migratory birds arrive on the site and realize that much larger bodies of water exist that will shortly be teeming with flora and fauna that will augment their feeding patterns.
Phases of Development
- Ongoing monitoring and research into pathways to greater ecological health is encouraged.
- Monitor water quality and ecosystem health.
- Periodic garbage gathering that inevitable washes and blows in from the beach and the local community.