Surrounded by marshland, with nearby pockets of woods and farm fields, tiny Seymour’s Pond (open sunrise to sunset daily, admission free) is tucked into the Barnes Corner junction of Middle and South Shore Roads. The half-acre reserve, owned and maintained by the Bermuda Audubon Society, is a natural freshwater pond, like Warwick Pond , and both belonged to the same connecting band of peat-marsh basins that once ran through Bermuda’s central parishes.
Described by Canadian biologist and author Dr. Martin Thomas as “the best example of a freshwater pond in Bermuda,” the pond is known by nature-lovers as a good place to find a wide variety of animals and plants. Bird-watchers, in particular, will see many resident and visiting species. Coots, ducks, and common moorhens make their home here, and herons can also be spotted, usually sitting in trees and bushes around the pond edge.
Dragonflies and damselflies swoop over the water, and diving beetles and other insects, including mosquitoes, hang out here—though large numbers of the eastern mosquito fish, a freshwater guppy look-alike, keep their numbers in check.