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William Trim nature/birding/ecology tour

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:25 am
by Mark Farrington
I'd like to give strong encouragement to everyone to consider booking a morning walk with William Trim. I'd seen him recommended on this site before, and we emailed him some weeks beforehand to ask what he can offer [ [email protected] tel: 868-660-5529].

William is one of the T&T government's top ecologists, advising on management of flora and fauna throughout the island, including dry land and the estuaries. He's trained abroad and is about to commence on a Masters [possibly to be extended to a doctorate] with the University of the West Indies. He has immense knowledge of the island's wildlife and trees, as well as birds, and he teaches professionally, so he has a most engaging style.

My wife and I are keen walkers and I have an interest in ecology, but neither of us know anything much about birds. William took a lot of trouble by email, and then during a visit to the BWI beforehand, to find out what sort of trip we wanted; I must say he did us proud. We didn't go far from the hotel - to Flagstaff Hill [where we saw all the indigenous hummingbirds of Tobago in one 10-minute period!], then to a couple of old plantation sites, then to the wetlands at Louis D'Or [where we also saw William's Dad!] and to the nursery there. All the time he was explaining how the animals, birds and plants interacted and how climate and landscape change has altered these relationships - this was simply fascinating.

7.15am to about 1.15 pm was US$50 each, and this was excellent value in my view. He has a new estate car, which would comfortably seat 4.

William's a charming guy; he's just set up a company through which to run his guiding, forestry and other activities, and I wish him all the best in this venture.

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:39 pm
by Mark Farrington
A brief update to record that we had another great day with William during our second stay on the island last week [13-20/1/07]. He took us to Mount Dillon, to overviews of Parlatuvier and Englishman's Bay, and along the Gilpin Trace in the rainforest. Throughout he was entertaining, informative and engaging company. I would particularly recommend him to anyone who wanted something a little different from the usual birding-specific tour and was interested in a broader look at the ecology of the island, its history, and the effects of current and planned development.