Decline that led to wirebird breeding failures

When the experts from Shelco went to look round the site of their proposed eco-resort on St Helena, they were greeted by one of the locals. A rat. It was evidence – not really needed – that it’s not only people that find Broad Bottom one of the most attractive spots on St Helena. Rattus […]

Endemics for sale: St Helena’s new cash crop?

Some of St Helena’s unique plants could be grown for export to garden centres around the world, it’s been suggested. The idea is put forward in the masterplan for the Wirebird Hills eco-resort at Broad Bottom, which also includes planting endemic species across the 160-hectare site. Growing tree ferns could become a business opportunity for Saints, […]

Will this be the site of the world’s greenest hotel?

St Helena’s humble wirebird may help developers create “the world’s greenest hotel” on the mellow slopes of Broad Bottom. Plans for the so-called Wirebird Hills leisure resort – complete with eco-friendly golf course – are going on show on the island after more than a decade of refinement by the St Helena Leisure Corporation (Shelco). […]

‘Eco resort’ moves a step closer in wirebird valley

Efforts to create an “eco friendly” tourist resort in St Helena have cleared another hurdle, with the signing of a new agreement that promises work and housing for islanders. The scheme involves a luxury hotel and spa, a golf course and tourist chalets at Broad Bottom – one of the prime breeding sites of the island’s vulnerable wirebird, […]