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Dominica’s nature deserves reverent treatment because of its uniqueness and beauty. Especially, if it’s all about the mountainous terrain and its wildlife. The People in charge understood it very long ago.

Back in 1977, the Northern Forest Reserve was established, and it had an area of 8,900ha at that time. Later 3,335ha were devolved to the Morne Diablotin National Park which would include much of the mountain.

This was made as a means of protection of the natural habitat of two parrots. And to create conditions for better and non-disturbing birdwatching. Thus, as of now, the Northern Forest Reserve surrounds Morne Diablotin.

photo of the Northern Forest Reserve in DominicaPhotos by digitography

What is the coolest thing you can see there? It may be the sisserou, the national bird. That is, if you get lucky. Yes, it’s the Morne Diablotin Park which is meant to be the place for endangered parrots, but don’t you think birds respect drawn borders?

elfin woodland in Dominica

Encountering a rare bird requires some luck. What you need to find awesome flora, it’s just your desire and interest. It is the Forest Reserve, after all. Be sure, it’s worth visiting. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing trees not just growing out of the ground, but also born by buttress roots like masts are supported by shrouds, this is your chance.

The rainforest is a nice place. The high-altitude wind wraps the mountain in clouds and the fog. It may be too humid, but the air will not be too thick. Eventually, it’s an area full of life. The rainforest and the elfin woodland meet at the higher elevations.

In the forest, such trees as the karapit, the chatanier and the gommier tangle huge piles, making home for the parrots. As for the elfin woodland, the kaklen and the mountain palm muffle it up.

When you come to the Reserve, it may look to you fantastic. The flora may seem alien, making the whole area look like an extraterrestrial landscape, so don’t get confused. And yet it’s natively terrestrial. Still looks cool, I believe.

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