Real estate signs and survey posts line the last isolated, the last nesting location with the highest density of loggerhead and green turtle nesting beach in Ambergris Caye, in Belize. It takes 20 years for hatchlings to return. What will happen to this beach?

The people that own this land are aware of the turtle nesting and in fact that is why they are planning to build their homes there. Providing info to assist owners with being sensitive to the turtles would be super. Certainly hope at least setbacks are maintained and owners are educated about outdoor lighting during nesting season.

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Turtle nesting season begins, island residents are asked to be cautious

The 2019 sea turtle nesting season has commenced, and personnel from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) have been closely monitoring the first nests found in northern Ambergris Caye. HCMR is uncertain about the success of the season this year and ask the general public visiting the beaches north of San Pedro Town to be extra cautious and to not interfere with any potential nests.

The annual sea turtle nesting season normally runs from May through November, and most of the nesting usually takes place in Robles or Rocky Point Beach, several miles north of San Pedro Town. HCMR Marine Biologist Kirah Forman-Castillo also shared some precaution measures for island residents and visitors who may visit some of the beaches north of town. She asks that they be mindful that sea turtles are using those beaches for the next three months. Visitors are advised not to drive over nests, not to tamper with them and to kindly clean up their garbage after recreation on the beach. Turtles do not like to nest in areas polluted by garbage, as it may not be suitable for their offspring and can interfere with their success. The public is also asked that when visiting at night, to turn off any bright lights because hatching turtles tend to orient themselves with light as they make their way to the sea.

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