Castletown Productions - previous productions
Bermuda's Treasure Island
Bermuda's Treasure Island tells the story of a remarkable man who
saved one of the world's rarest seabirds from extinction. Bermuda's
legendary seabird, the Bermuda Petrel, or Cahow, was thought to
be extinct for over 300 years. In 1951 an expedition was launched
to search for the Cahow. David Wingate, a schoolboy at the time,
was invited to come on the expedition. He was present when the Cahow
was pulled out of a deep crevice on a rocky island by ornithologist,
Robert Murphy, who announced to the world " By Gad, the Cahow!!"
It was a life defining moment and David decided to make saving the
Cahow his life's work. The nocturnal and elusive Cahows are caught
for the very first time in this film.
David Wingate also set about the extraordinary task of restoring
Nonsuch Island to its pre-colonial state in order to provide a safer
haven for the Cahow, He transplanted over 8,000 native trees and
shrubs to this once barren island. It is now a "Living Museum"
of Bermuda's native and endemic plants and wildlife. The film shows
the first translocation of a Cahow chick to Nonsuch Island to start
a new colony, by David's successor, Jeremy Madeiros. While a new
colony of Cahows on Nonsuch was David's ultimate plan, he never
thought he would live to see it realized in his lifetime. The film
is a testament to what can be done - the extraordinary efforts of
one man to save a species from extinction and restore habitat -
and to the amazing resilience of nature if given a chance and a
This is one of the great conservation success stories of our time.
Sceillig and Bermuda