Natural forest formations
Forest cover map
Barbados is essentially a coral island with a series of ascending coral platforms, but the coral rock is covered with an adequate depth of soil. Although most of the original vegetation has disappeared due to agricultural practices there are a number of patches of artificial woodland. Small groves of mahogany (Swietenia mahogany) have been planted for their amenity value on most estates and some coastal stands of Casuarina equisetifolia have been planted for firewood production. There are some patches of mangrove. (Beard, 1949)
The most notable native ecosystem is Turner´s Hall Wood, an area of approximately 30 ha located at the north end of the island. Other associations that serve as a reservoir of biodiversity can be found in the network of gullies formed by the collapse of the roofs of underground drainage channels of the coral cap. (TFAP, 1993)
The above map is an extract from the Global Forest Cover map produced as part of FRA 2000. Please refer to FRA Working Paper 19 for a background to the production of the map.
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Map source: Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000, base map: ESRI