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Abbey Green

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Abbey Green is ideal for Birding and is one of the main areas for birding. The birds, coffee and natural forest are all part of their environment and there is no better place to see 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 most exclusive of all Jamaican birds - the Jamaican Blackbird (Wild Pine Sergeant) to give its colloquial name (it feeds exclusively on the insect population of bromeliads attached to large old forest trees - Wild Pines in local parlance.

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IMG_8199Many of the above are most commonly seen in the private areas such as Nursery and Turpin Path. Owned by the Lyn's, it is one of three coffee farms. Abbey Green, 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 so it fits into the surrounding forest like an old shoe on its accustomed foot.

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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.