Birdwatching at Abbey Green

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Leaving Forres Park just before daybreak, drive through the river and upwards along trails at 5,000 feet to the 220-year-old Abbey Green. The highest coffee farm in Jamaica. The Radnor Trail offers superb scenery providing excellent birding. Abbey Green itself is even more spectacular. The mountain paths are ideal for a Jamaica bird watching tour with experienced guides from Birdlife Jamaica and other professional birdwatchers to locate the 28 endemic species and many more of the 200 other Caribbean residents and migrant species. The drive from Forres Park to Abbey Green passes through spectacular countryside for about an hour before arriving at a place of breathtaking beauty. To greet dawn and see the spectacular sun rise and to hear the choruses from the birds’ one would have to pitch tent for the night.

Abbey Green is one of 5 coffee farms Owned by the Lyn's, which at 5,000 feet elevation is the highest in Jamaica, sitting right under Blue Mountain Peak. Coffee has been growing at Abbey Green for 200 years and fits naturally into the surrounding forest.

Abbey Green is the ideal location for Birding. Birds, the coffee trees and natural forest are all an integral part of the environment. There are few better place to see Jamaican birds, especially the shyer woodland species such as the Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Rufous-Throated Solitaire and Crested Quail Dove - the calls of the Solitaire and Crested Quail Dove are essential parts of the uniqueness of Abbey Green. Here too, you are likely to see the rarest of all Jamaican endemic birds - the Jamaican Blackbird. The Wild Pine Sergeant to give its colloquial name, feeds exclusively on the insect population of bromeliads attached to large old forest trees - Wild Pines in local parlance.

The species mentioned above are often seen in the less public areas such as Nursery and Turpin Path.

Birdwatching at Forres Park

At Forres Park Jamaica the upper veranda offers such an array of birds at daybreak that it is sometimes difficult to depart for the nearby trails. The birds will also join you for breakfast on our restaurant deck, where you will be able to dine and enjoy the sweet music of the birds singing.

All three Hummingbird species can be seen – Vervain, Jamaica Mango and Streamertail – along with Orangequits, White-chinned Thrushes, Kingbirds, Flycatchers and numerous North American Warblers in their winter quarters.

Hiking & Nature Walks

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Forres Park — a rich birding paradise. Climb the trails around the house where quite a number of the 28 endemic species of birds can be seen.

Our on-site hiking trail up the steep hillside behind the main house and cabins is a site to behold. Climb through the coffee groves and fruit trees into nature’s natural forest. The climb is exciting and beautiful, but not for everyone, and we do recommend that you don't go alone. The trails offers subtle changes in habitat reflected by changing bird species.

Stripe-headed Tanagers and Jamaican Orioles frequent the shade-trees, and further up the hillside Ring-tailed pigeons appear. By the time you return for a superb breakfast (fresh fruit off the farm and real Blue Mountain coffee!) you will probably have seen at least twenty species. Some will even join you for breakfast. The network of trails around Forres Park can be used by hikers, some by bikers and some by four-wheel drive vehicles, offering a wide variety of mountain scenery, wildflowers, butterflies and birds.

Spa Treatment

Surrounded by the famous Blue Mountain Peak, nestled in the valley of Mavis Bank, Forres Park is home to one of Jamaica’s most earthy spa experiences. The combination of a panoramic Mountain View, cool temperatures, varying sounds of nature and a perfusion of indigenous plants and foliage, this mountain escape offers the best that nature has to offer.

 

After your mountain adventure through the trails of the Blue Mountain Peak, relax, rejuvenate and recharge your tired aching body on your return to Forres Park. Balance the mind, body and spirit with customized and unique treatments designed especially for you. We offer therapeutic massages, Signature mud mask, exfoliation and hot stone treatments. Manicure and Pedicure is also available.

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