Port Royal lies in the heart of a biologically rich estuarine ecology. Visitors come from all over to experience and explore what native South Carolinians have come to know as the Lowcountry. What makes the Lowcountry special? A lot, but from an environmental perspective it’s the ability to explore many different land types including salt marsh, forestland, brushland, fallow field and freshwater ponds. In combination, these habitats support a diversity of bird and plant life. Bird wildlife commonly observed include waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, and neo-tropical migrants, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons, and egrets.
Bird Sanctuary and Nature Preserve
The Town of Port Royal is in the early stages of a unique waterfront development project. Port Royal’s Old Village is home to three diverse habitats: a large open lake, a very rare Bald Cypress swamp with existing boardwalk, and a small duck pond. This project will provide the community and visitors a wonderful chance to enjoy dramatic lake views, explore different habitats, and offer learning and teaching opportunities about the importance of nature and the diversity of these special habitats. A nature trail will link all three habitats and signage will educate visitors about the birding and nature habitats that make up the park. Our Bird Sanctuary and Nature Preserve are being established with the help of Audubon, and it is our hope to be an Audubon Sanctuary by project completion.