The Brac Parrot Reserve is dominated by pristine dry forest on a rough and rocky terrain. A great diversity of native trees, including species not present on Grand Cayman or Little Cayman, support breeding forest birds. In the winter months, the Reserve is filled with migrant songbirds.
A small car park was built on Major Donald Drive which services nature trails through part of the Reserve. To the south, Bight road footpath leads to the nature trail, which forms a loop, passing through several different types of terrain, from old farm land now under grass, past mango trees on red soil, and through diverse thickets, into mature forest. To the north, Bight Road footpath can be followed along the western boundary of the Reserve to the edge of the Bluff and down to Bight Road, the main road along the northern coast.
One of the most striking aspects of the Reserve's forest is the mixture of hardwoods and cacti. Usually these plants are found in very distinct areas, but in the Reserve sizable cacti reach up through the branches of broad-leafed trees. Air plants and orchids which abound, also seem content to use cacti as host plants.
Bight Road footpath is very old. This was a track used by Brackers to cross from one side of the Bluff to the other to reach their provision grounds on the south shore, or to gather coconuts, which were once a major export crop for Cayman Brac. The surface on the Bight Road has been partly smoothed by the passage of many feet over the years, but no part of the terrain is particularly easy. Because it is kept true to its heritage, walkers are recommended to wear sturdy shoes for protection against the uneven dolomite rock.
The nature trail, which is approximately one mile long, takes about 45 minutes to walk, and an extra ten minutes to follow the Bight Road to the cliffs on the southern edge of the Bluff. Signs and information boards are placed at key points. Parrots are often seen and heard around the Reserve, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. They nest secretively in tree cavities, and feed on the fruits and seeds of the forest. When resting quietly in the heat of the day, they are almost perfectly camouflaged among the leaves of the trees. It is this behaviour that has earned the Cayman Brac Parrot the nickname "Stealth Parrot".
Remember it is an offence to litter or take any plant or animal from Trust property. The Trust accepts no responsibility for injuries sustained on the trail.
The Reserve now encompasses over 280 acres of contiguous protected land. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has been "Protecting the future of Cayman's heritage" since its inception in 1987. The Trust is a not-for-profit NGO created to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands. Through education and conservation we work to protect environmentally sensitive and historically significant sites across all three Cayman Islands.