Pembroke Marsh East

Looking to the southeast across Pembroke Marsh
 Pembroke Marsh east view

Pembroke Marsh East

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Overseas territories)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    7.6 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    32°18'N 64°46'W
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The Site consists of a peat-filled basin on the north-eastern edge of the city of Hamilton. It is the largest freshwater ecosystem and supports the largest surviving cattail Typha angustifolia marsh in Bermuda. It also contains a brackish open-water pond and parts of the Pembroke Canal, which drains into an estuarine system. The site supports the largest population of eels on Bermuda, including both globally threatened European eel (Anguilla Anguilla) and North American eel (Anguilla rostrata). The Site is noted as an important habitat for a wide variety of breeding, passage and wintering bird species. It has suffered greatly from leachate and runoff from an adjacent former landfill site and surrounding urban areas. Sporadic small-scale dumping and infilling remains as an issue. The Site overlies Bermuda’s central freshwater lens, an important groundwater source for the surrounding community, and plays a notable role in buffering floodwater, trapping sediment and filtering pollutants. It is used for limited recreational activities such as birdwatching and occasionally for educational field trips.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve, Bermuda National Parks Act (1986) - Pembroke Marsh Nature Reserve
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