Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, Wiltshire: Hours, Address, Rocklands Bird Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
WE ARE OPEN! No reservation required. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, just drop in between 10AM and Sunset. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awarded 2011,12,13,14,15,17,18 ,19. Many bird lovers have enjoyed visiting this tranquil country cottage, patios & quaint Garden to feed the birds. Just 35 minutes from Montego Bay. Open over 60 years. Visitors get to feed colorful hummingbirds birds by hand, see other wild birds on a patio set in our cottage garden. Fritz your soft spoken host will show you how to feed the birds. Entry fee Adults USD$20. The country road to the sanctuary is 1/2 mile, winding uphill & bumpy part of the wilderness adventure. The experience is not recommended for kids under 6 years old. Patience and sitting still is needed, little kids find this hard to do, movement scares the wild birds. Do come and enjoy the unique relaxing experience, ask about our cup of complimentary perked coffee. This is a once in a lifetime experience to experience part of God's creation.
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1-2 hours
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vtmp
Houston, TX47 contributions
Stunning
Apr 2021 • Couples
Love it...wow. It was amazing experience. The best cute hummingbirds in the world. I would definitely recommend ❤️❤️❤️
Written 1 May 2021
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Diana T
London, UK64 contributions
Most beautiful Experience
Mar 2020 • Friends
Amazing place and a must see when in Montego Bay! Feeding the hummingbirds was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and the whole place is so pretty with bird feeding points all over the sanctuary. Couldn’t recommend more!!
Written 18 March 2020
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Thanks for visiting Rocklands and for your compliments. Do come again soon.
Written 19 March 2020
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Marion W
Seattle, WA739 contributions
an experience that will thrill you
Mar 2020
from the Montego Bay Hilton it took about 40 min. to get there (the people drive fast and weave in/out of traffic. Amazing). Before arriving in Jamaica we couldn't decide which tour to take. The prices were all over the landscape, it was hard to tell exactly what to expect there and when the tour length is stated as 1-3 hrs. you wonder why that would be.
Here's the scoop:
at the hotel tour desk we wound up booking a tour for a pricey $160 plus admission. That is based on 2 people. The 160 is strictly for the cost of getting you there and back. The admission is sometimes listed as $25pp and sometimes $20pp. When we arrived nobody collected the money. There was a bowl and people put their money into it. Based on what we saw not everybody is honest which is tragic.
The size of the sanctuary should be described as somewhat small but in a lovely setting with a huge wooden porch from where you can see Montego Bay. There's a little concrete walkway that takes you underneath the porch.. but that's it for the walking ability.
When you arrive you are greeted by the nephew of Lisa Salmon who founded this place. She died in 2000. He asks you to sit in one of numerous chairs, puts a little seed on your pants, gives you a small bottle and shows you how to hold it, including your finger … and voila, the hummingbirds come. It's quite an experience to watch these lovely Swallow Tailed Hummingbirds who are totally tame, sit on your finger and extract the nectar out of the bottle while the other little birds (forgot their name) come on your leg and pick away at the seeds. All around is a buzzing of a variety of birds from the Jamaican Orioles, Common Ground Doves, Jamaica Mango, Red Billed Streamers, etc. plus a couple of female Peacocks. You are surrounded by lovely trees and flowering plants with lots of feeders to attract these birds. Wonderful photo op opportunities!
Don't know if there's a bathroom. The walk from the road can be a bit of a challenge for someone with walking disabilities (brink hiking poles). You can spend an hour there or three. Up to you. It's a most enjoyable and unique experience.
Written 9 March 2020
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Thanks for visiting Rocklands Bird Sanctuary , and taking time to review, yes there is a bathroom available and entry is USD $20 per adult. The plastic container is for staff tipping. Do come again soon we’re so glad you enjoyed your visit
Written 10 March 2020
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jfr321
New York City, NY29 contributions
Pure Magic!
Mar 2020
This is a truly magical place. Evolving from the dreams and efforts of one woman, the property now hosts dozens of species of Jamaican birds, and it's even possible to hand feed the elusive streamer tail hummingbirds("doctor birds" ) who have been visiting for generations. Fritz is a wonderful and caring guide, and can help identify the rarities. Photo opportunities abound!
Written 9 March 2020
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Thanks for visiting and appreciating the efforts made by the founder and the team. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come again.
Written 10 March 2020
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Jo E
21 contributions
wow
Mar 2020 • Couples
what a fabulous experience. the road to the sanctuary is interesting and not very well signposted but we managed it two up on a moped. we were greeted by the very polite and well informed finch. hummingbirds swooped around us and fed from the bottles we held while sitting on our fingers. other birds fed in the trees around us as the knowledgeable finch named them for us with his equally knowledgeable young assistant and took photos for us. mind blowing. thank you
Written 3 March 2020
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Thanks for coming and taking time to comment on your visit. Come again soon .
Written 4 March 2020
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Mark E
Bath, UK43 contributions
Fantastic experience
Mar 2020
We just got back from Rocklands and it was a truly memorable experience. We had read other reviews so were prepared for the narrow and steep potholed access road. It was part of the experience. The cottage garden and patio itself were quite small but very pretty and full of birds many of whom fed off our fingers and knees. Magical. Very simple and rural and underdeveloped. Well worth the $20 US each that we paid. We were not hassled for more and invited to walk around the garden after we had spent 40 minutes or so interacting with the humming birds and other species some of which were semi tame. My advice would be to read the reviews before you go so you know what to expect and if it appeals go for it. The overwhelming majority of reviews are positive. My wife was very keen. I was less so but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written 3 March 2020
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Great to know you enjoyed the visit thanks for the positive review .
Written 4 March 2020
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Neil H
Southport, UK45 contributions
Real live fairies
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a magical place. Lots of birds coming to the feeders, Bananaquit, Orangequit, Yellow and Black Faced Grassquit, Jamaican Oriole. The Red Billed Streamertail and Jamaican Mango will perch on your finger to take sugar water from the bottles provided. The closest things to real live fairies you’ll ever see !! If you can get to meet Fritz who looks after the place you’ll be very lucky. He’s friendly, patient and probably the most knowledgeable person on the planet about Jamaican birds. Respect. Thank you for making our trip to Jamaica so special and please keep up the amazing work your doing.
Written 14 February 2020
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Really glad you enjoyed the visit. Thanks for recognizing Fritz amazing talent. Thanks for the review.
Written 15 February 2020
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Colin h
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Rockland bird sanctuary
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wow! What an awesome experience.feeding a wild hummingbird. Worth every dollar.my wife is not a nature lover but really enjoyed it. I got to feed 2 species'in a fantastic setting and also saw finches and oriole.thankyou Rockland's see you next year
Written 13 February 2020
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Thanks for the good revirlew happy to know you both enjoyed the experience come again soon .
Written 14 February 2020
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JustinD
Nashville, TN3 contributions
A Must See
Feb 2020 • Couples
So awesome. The road up there will make you wonder what you are getting into but it’s so worth it. $20 to get in. An amazing view. Great people working there. You legit have the chance to feed 4 species of hummingbirds. So worth it.
Written 10 February 2020
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Thanks for coming and for taking time to review the experience.
Written 11 February 2020
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PFJE
Cambridge, Canada331 contributions
Short visit on January 29, 2020.
Jan 2020
We travelled from the Falmouth Cruise Port to this Sanctuary by Jamaican taxi, the operator that is mentioned on the Sanctuary's website. We found a helpful and pleasant driver who was quite accommodating. Upon arrival at Rocklands we were met by Fritz the resident manager and bird guide. It cost $20 per person for entrance, and another $20 to have Fritz give a personal birding tour of the nearby forest. There was a clear toilet available for visitors, The site has lovely decks and balconies in the forest. There are many types of bird feeders; seeds, fruit, bananas and nectar. The birds are excellent. I found 24 species, many of which are Jamaican endemics. The stars of the show are Red-billed Streamtail Hummingbirds that are spectacularly beautiful and active. They come right to people who are holding little bottles of nectar. I had a great time photographing the birds while my wife fed the hummers. I absolutely loved this site. It is wonderful to see this site conserving the bird species and their forest habitat.
Written 5 February 2020
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Thanks for the kind review l, we're so glad you enjoyed the visit. We have worked to improve the site over the years .
Written 6 February 2020
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