Port Royal Plantation

Port Royal Plantation

Overview

Area name

Port Royal Plantation

Area Location

Mid-Island. Left off Hwy 278, the same exit for the Westin Hotel.

Area Map

Access

Access is restricted to residents and their guests, as this is a gated residential community,

Facilities

No Information Available.

Key Birds

Resident

Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White Ibis, Eastern Bluebird.

Spring

Least Tern.

Summer

Cattle Egret, Least Tern.

Fall

Least Tern.

Winter

Piping Plover.

Background

  • A “Do Not Disturb” nesting area is roped off for the Least Tern.
  • The lagoons along the golf course fairways are good habitat for herons and egrets. Resident passerines, particularly Eastern Bluebirds, are common on the golf courses.
  • An arboretum in the Plantation is a botanist’s delight and attracts both resident and migrating passerines.
  • In Port Royal you may also visit the remnants of Fort Walker (built during the Civil War). The plantation is the location of one of the only two steam canons ever in American service, put in place at the time of the Spanish American War but fired only as a test.
  • The same shorebirds mentioned for Fish Haul Creek Park sometimes congregate high on the beaches near high tide on the Port Royal Plantation side of the creek (particularly Piping Plover).

Birds To Watch