There is no time better than springtime to pay a visit to the Botany Bay WMA on Edisto Island because of the excellent birding and pleasant temperatures. Birdwatch for painted buntings and summer tanagers or walk along the private beach looking for the perfect shell, but be mindful that keeping a shell now equals a $470 maximum fine. The driving tour loop was recently closed from March 28 until April 16 in order to repair the water control device at Jason's Lake, which citizens can fish in. Nearly 5,000-acres comprise the property which was once three separate plantations, and Edistonians and Colletonians both agree that this WMA is a jewel of the Lowcountry. For a website with lots of information I can recommend www.PreserveEdisto.org for information like the 2010 bluebird hatch info or historical details and photos from the past.
For a past blog entry on Botany Bay WMA click here.
PhotosByJeffDennis: The maritime forest of cedars, palmettos and live oaks are united and shaped by the continuous ocean breezes; a sand dollar or a lettered olive are some of the best shells to find on the Botany beach; a canopy of live oaks lines the dirt drive into the proerty; conch shells collected by others, but left for all to enjoy!