Wildlife of the British Virgin Islands

Treasure trove for wildlife

With its dramatic coastlines and long sandy beaches there is amazing wildlife to be experienced in the British Virgin Islands and in recent years there have been several important government conservation programs to preserve the endangered species of the islands.

Turtles and flamingos: 

Hawksbill turtles are frequent visitors to these shores, as are flamingos especially on the island of Anegada. Flying fish and yellow fin tuna populate the fertile waters around these islands and are joined by blue marlin and hundreds of species of tropical fish including pufferfish and parrotfish.


The BVIs are a great place for birdwatching. Look out for colonies of pelican and brown boobies and if you’re lucky you might even spot a rare Newton’s barefoot screech owl, and the roseate tern. Although the mongoose is native to Asia and Europe it is also found in the British Virgin Islands darting in and out of the tree line.

Large lizards: 

Rock iguanas can grow to a staggering six feet in length while contrastingly the world’s smallest geckos can also be found here on the British Virgin Islands.