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SCRUB ISLAND

Scrub Bay

Scrub Island is the largest of Anguilla's offshore cays located off the eastern end of the island.  It was designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International for its globally important breeding colonies of Roseate Terns and Laughing Gulls.  Breeding colonies of Royal and Least Terns are also regionally important. 

 

Roseate Terns in Foreground and Larger Laughing Gulls at Water's Edge

 

Leatherback and Green Turtles breed here and a number of reptiles are also found on the island.

Dolphins and whales are known to pass between Scrub and the eastern end of the main island.

It is a privately owned island and in 2012 The Government of Anguilla entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for extensive development of the island for tourism.

   

A view of one of the ponds on Scrub Island.

Mangrove lining one of the pond areas.

The interior of the island is covered in scrub.  There is a clear path from Scrub Bay to Deadman's Bay.  The rocky bay here is a primary location for turtles.