Habitat

Kiawah Island is known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and salt marshes, Kiawah has a mixture of lush maritime forests, brackish water ponds, expansive salt marshes and picturesque dunes.  In all there are 15 different habitat types on Kiawah Island supporting an astonishing 20 species of mammals, over 250 species of resident and migratory birds, 40 spedies of reptiles and thousands of invertebrates.  From the maritime forest to the beach, animals thrive in the rich natural environment of Kiawah Island. 

A tremendous variety of flora and fauna present on this pristine barrier island. During your stay on Kiawah Island we invite you visit our Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden located in Night Heron Park.  Here you will see an example of landscaping for wildlife habitat.  Learn about some of the plants displayed in the garden by clicking the link below.

Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden Partial Plant List

We also encourage you to visit our Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail located at 133 Conifer Lane.  This trail displays a prime example of Kiawah's luch maritime forest and native plants. 

As you walk along Kiawah's pristine beach you can see the variety of dunes plants.  Learn more about them by clicking the link below.

Dunes Plants of Kiawah Island

For more information on Kiawah Island's flora, fauna or habitats, please contact the Kiawah Conservancy's Land Preservation Coordinator, Justin Core, at justin@kiawahconservancy.org or 843-768-2029.