Scrub Island, Anguilla

Scrub Island is an 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi) island lying off the eastern tip of the main island of Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. It is easily reached by boat. Privately owned,[1] the remains of an abandoned air field still exist. There are several abandoned houses on the island, mainly due to damage from hurricanes. There is no electricity or plumbing.

Scrub Island
Scrub Island (Anguilla).jpg
View of Scrub Bay
Scrub Island is located in Anguilla
Scrub Island
Scrub Island
The location of Scrub Island within Anguilla
Scrub Island is located in Caribbean
Scrub Island
Scrub Island
Scrub Island (Caribbean)
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates18°17′15″N 62°56′50″W / 18.28750°N 62.94722°W / 18.28750; -62.94722Coordinates: 18°17′15″N 62°56′50″W / 18.28750°N 62.94722°W / 18.28750; -62.94722
Area8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
United Kingdom
British Overseas TerritoryAnguilla Anguilla
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Time zone
ISO codeAI
Map of Anguilla; Scrub Island lies off the north-eastern tip of the main island


The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International, mainly because of its nesting seabirds. These are laughing gulls as well as royal, roseate and least terns. Resident landbirds include Caribbean elaenias and pearly-eyed thrashers. The island's five species of reptiles comprise the Anguilla Bank ameiva, Anolis gingivinus, little dwarf gecko, island dwarf gecko and the endangered leeward island racer. Green and leatherback turtles have been recorded. Feral goats and rats are present.[2] Whales are commonly seen west of Scrub, along the southern coastline.


  1. ^ "MOU signed for Scrub Island development". The Anguillan. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Scrub Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-23.

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