In 1987 Mr. and Mrs. Henry purchased a 10 acre parcel of land in the Jacmel, Bois d’Inde area which was under intensive banana cultivation andinter planted with 350 coconut trees and six cocoa trees, now known as the Woods View Estate Park. The Henrys build their family house on the estate and moved into their new home in 1997 with their extended family, where they presently reside.
After purchasing the estate in 1987, Mrs. Henry, a stout environmentalist and conservationist started to improve the flora diversity of the area by gradually removing the banana fields and planting several varieties of fruit trees such as, mangoes (there are at least 7 varieties), soursop, golden apple, guava, wax apple, cherry, star apple better known as carambola or five fingers; tree crops like, cocoa, citrus (limes, lemon, sour and sweet orange, grapefruit and varieties of mandarins), cashew nut, breadfruit, breadnut, avocado, including three varieties of dwarf coconuts trees.
The strategy is aimed at developing a multi-story tree canopy and a diversity of fruits for the children and visitors to the site, and also to attract a large bird population..
More About our Birds.....
Saint Lucia has six endemic species, one of which is the islands national bird,
the Saint Lucia Parrot (Amazona Versicolor), a species that recovered from
dangerously low population numbers in the early 1980s.
The other endemics are the Saint Lucia Pewee, Saint Lucia Warbler, Saint Lucia
Oriole, Saint Lucia Black Finch and Semper’s Warbler. This gives Saint Lucia the
distinction of having the highest number of endemic birds in the Eastern
The Saint Lucian Parrot is about 42-46 cm (16.5 - 18 inches) in length. It inhabits
the rainforest in the mountains of Saint Lucia. It feeds in the forest canopy on a
wide variety of fruits, seeds and flowers. The parrot nests in the cavities of tall
Saint Lucia Black Finch is about 13-14 cm in length. It is found in both moist and
dry forest areas. It forages in the leaf litter in dense understory. The finch usually nests in a spherical nest of twigs built in a low shrub or palm about 2m above ground.
Saint Lucia Pewee grows about 15 cm in length. It is quite common and resides mostly in moist forest, but is also found in dry forest areas. It perches low and sallies for insects. The pewee nests in a cup-shaped nest made of leaves and moss placed on a branch.
Saint Lucia Oriole grows to about 22cm in length. It is found in woodlands including dry and moist forest. It is uncommon and perhaps becoming scarce. It feeds on insects, fruits, flowers and nectar. The oriole builds a nest sewn under a leaf or palm well above the ground.
Saint Lucia Warbler is about 12.5 cm in length. It is found in all forest types and at all altitudes. It forages for insects and spiders from leaves and twigs. It lays in a nicely woven, cup-shaped nest built in a tree about 1-5m above the ground. Another Lesser Antillean endemic bird in Saint Lucia is the endangered White-Breasted Thrasher.
Woods view Estate allows you to enjoy at your pace to enjoy the beauty and harmony of the islands only private birding experience where you may get to see all the islands endemic species in one location.
You can have a day tour or enjoy our hospitality for a few days and relax enjoying the natural beauty of our Estate.
Come bird with us but take some time to lounge in a hammock and refresh yourself with a drink or a meal while you enjoy the birds.