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22 Dec

Vegetation Succession, Harrison’s Cave, Barbados

Sign Vegetation Succession Harrisons Cave Barbados

Hot Pink Flower Tree Trunk Harrisons Cave Barbados

White Flowers Red Flowers Harrisons Cave Barbados

Yellow Flower Harrisons Cave Barbados

(As per sign)

Vegetation Succession

With such dense plant growth in the gullies, it can be difficult for a seedling plant to find room to grow – but Nature provides several mechanisms to ensure that the forest constantly renews itself, in a process called succession. As tall trees age and die, they fall, creating holes in the canopy that allow sunlight to filter to the gully floor. Vines hanging down the gully’s steep cliffs may become too heavy, tearing away their roots to create an open spot for a few plants to grow. And the steep slopes of the fully sides are unstable; soil and rocks may wash down into the gully after a rainfall, leaving a spot for a new plant to take root. Such succession is constantly taking place the young replacing the old.

29 Nov

Walking Back To Bus Stop, Harrison’s Cave, Barbados

Banana Bunch Road Harrisons Cave Barbados

Banana Trees Road Harrisons Cave Barbados

Grapefruit Trees Harrisons Cave Barbados

Pink Bud Road Harrisons Cave Barbados

Red Flower Road Side Harrisons Cave Barbados

Red Leaves White Flower Road Harrisons Cave Barbados

White And Pink Flower Road Harrisons Cave Barbados

Yellow Snapdragon Like Flower Harrisons Cave Barbados

The fifteen minute leisurely walk from Harrison’s Cave to the frequently used bus stop was scenic and crammed with photo ops. The vegetation was lush and the flowers plentiful. If you are not in a rush and can manage the walk, do it. It will give you a view of the countryside.

22 Nov

Naturalized Forest, Harrison’s Cave, Barbados

Sign Naturalized Forest Harrisons Cave Barbados

Vines From Canopy Harrisons Cave Barbados

Insect Nest Harrisons Cave Barbados

Insect Nest Close Up Harrisons Cave Barbados

(As per sign)

Naturalized Forest

The forest’s ecology of Barbados has been greatly altered. Between 1627 and 1680, over 90 per cent of the island’s forest cover was destroyed to make way for sugar cane. Today, the gullies are home to naturalized forests – a mixture of native, endemic, exotic, and alien plant species that have been established in the wild and are reproducing without human intervention.

- Native species evolved in a particular area or colonized that area without human assistance

- Endemic species are those unique to a particular place, often found nowhere else on earth.

- Exotic species are those from other geographical regions.

- Alien invasion species are not native to an ecosystem and their introduction displaces native species or causes environmental harm.

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