MONTSERRAT VOLUNTEER CONSERVATION PROGRAMME
Nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat is home to lush green vegetation and sapphire blue waters. Stunning scenery houses a wealth of unique wildlife, with many fascinating species found nowhere else in the world. However, following a series of volcanic eruptions on the island which began in 1995, Montserrat’s tropical forests and coral reefs have come under increasing pressure.
In 2013 CCC established an exciting “ridge to reef” project on Montserrat, working in partnership with the Government of Montserrat, to help preserve the island's extraordinary ecosystems for the future. In August 2017 this work was completed and CCC will leave island at the end of September 2017 with final reports and recommendations due to follow shortly after. The project had a holistic approach, with scientific survey programmes to collect data from both tropical forests and coral reefs, accompanied by community education programmes and local capacity building.
VOLUNTEERS: HOW WILL YOU HELP?
We have now completed our work in country with our last volunteers leaving site at the end August. Coral Cay Conservation will be bidding farewell to the island at the end of September with final reports being produced in the months following. It has been a honour to work on this beautiful island.
THE PROJECT SITE
Coral Cay's Montserrat Field Base is located at the "Taj Mahal" in Old Towne. Pre-volcano this spacious villa was frequented by celebrities recording at the nearby Air Studios. Guests included Mark Knopfler, Sting and Elton John.
The Taj overlooks the Belham river which is one of the best birding spots on the island. The site can accommodate 40 people and has classrooms and a dive training pool on-site. Accommodation is a mixture of double beds, twin rooms and dormitories. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Our marine programme’s boat is moored a short five minute walk away in Old Road Bay.