The National Trust now has an additional 8.6 acres of land on Cayman Brac thanks to a donation by the family of the late Dr. Roy Herrman and Estelle Herrman.
This is the second donation to the Trust by the Herman sisters, Shirley, Barbara, Louise, and Carol. The first gift, made in 2004, consisted of 17.5 acres. Both donations were done through the International Reptile Conservation Fund.
“In fond memory of our parents, Dr. Roy and Estelle Herrman, we gift our Cayman Brac land to the Trust to help maintain a pristine home for rare birds and animals,” the Herrman sisters said in a written statement to the Trust. “We have very fond memories of time spent on Cayman Brac and the white sandy beach overlooking sparkling blue water, and this is our way of giving back to such a beautiful island.”
The combined acreage, totalling 26.1 acres, includes the Splits, an inland freshwater ecosystem now protected in perpetuity. The Splits is a nesting site for two species of heron, home to two endemic species of freshwater fish and a popular watering hole for local and migratory birds.
“Conserving this land is critical for preserving the beauty and biodiversity of our islands and the Splits is one of Cayman Brac’s true ecological gems, being one of the very few inland sites with freshwater year round. With the exception of a rough footpath from the north, the site is undisturbed and contains many endemic and native plants,” said Christina McTaggart, executive director for the Trust. “We thank the landowners for their generosity and vision in permanently protecting this natural treasure.”