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Cockpit Country- A Global Treasure

img_4612Cockpit Country, Trelawny

Did you know that Jamaica’s Cockpit Country…

  • Has one of the world’s most remarkable levels of environmental biodiversity

  • Is home to 27 of Jamaica’s 28 endemic bird species
  • Is home to 1,500 species of plants and several species of amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates some found only in the Cockpit Country
  • Has a unique karst topography – limestone hills which look like an upside-down egg carton
  • Harbours a complex cave system with numerous natural springs and rivers
  • Supplies 40% of the island’s fresh water resources
  • Is home to a Maroon community with a rich history and culture that stretches back several centuries (The Maroons originated as a small group of slaves who retreated to the hilly terrain of the Cockpit Country following the invasion of Jamaica by the British. Refusing to be re-enslaved, the Maroons lived as free people protected by the terrain of the Cockpit Country and waged a guerrilla-type war on the British military. The Maroons were eventually granted their own land).
  • Is under threat from a lack of economic options and poor land use practices
  • Is under threat from the possibility of bauxite mining

img_4615Outside Clarks Town, Trelawny

img_4299Flagstaff, St. James

img_4403Trelawny, Cockpit Country

img_4417Flagstaff, St. Jamesimg_4424Flagstaff,  St. James

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7 Comments

  1. August 16, 2016 at 12:32 am — Reply

    We are all concerned. Some have already replaced mangrove by industries, housing and over all beautiful urban areas with modern facilities. Those who have not, still in the mangrove, should not they replace for modern living or those who have already , allow them to share. If not , how can we ask them to preserve mangrove at the cost of better life.

  2. Dawn Davis
    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 am — Reply

    I am seeking your permission to use the picture of The Cockpit Country as shown on your website. My church is completing a booklet on the Parishes of Jamaica as a fund raising venture for church building and would like to include this picture.
    Church: Wynter’s Acres S.D.A
    Location: 33 Parkway Plaza, Golden Acres, Spanish Town.
    Dawn Davis

  3. March 15, 2011 at 9:36 am — Reply

    Check out this great website on the Cockpit Country, they have a whole section on flora and fauna.

    http://cockpitcountryjamaica.com/main/flora-fauna/

  4. D RBOWN
    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    GREAT AND INFORMATIVE WEBSITE, WAS HOPING TO SEE PICTURES OF THE DIFFERENT ANIMALS AND PLANTS THOUGH.

  5. Velma Pollard
    April 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    Your shots there are superior to mine not only because my bus driver didn’t stop at the right places but you have a better sense of composition.

    I learned the word “Karst” as a result of that cockpit country years ago. Flying over the humps to land in Jamaica from certain directins it is AWESOME ( if I may use 50% of young America’s vocabulary the other half being ” Wow” or “Waw”)

    Now I am sure the next time we have to stand with placards to save it YardEdge will be there. Of course now that the world does not want ( or cant afford) any more bauxite we may have lost a threat. It is indeed an ill wind that doesnt blow somebody some good.

  6. cherisa
    March 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    exquisite photos next time I visit Jamaica vrom Canada I will include in my place to visit.

  7. March 25, 2009 at 9:55 am — Reply

    gorgeous pix!

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