Kiawah Island Nature & Beauty

The Island Life Nature & Beauty

Lush maritime forest, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds, peaceful marsh, and a beautiful river

This is where the wild things are. Blue herons, long-legged egrets, white ibis, and hooded mergansers make the marshes their home. The tidal creeks of Kiawah Island are brimming with red drum, spotted sea trout, and flounder.

Boughs of ages-old pines and live oaks perfume the air, in skies filled with orange-beaked oystercatchers, avocets, black-bellied plovers, sanderlings, gulls, and terns. And, outside of wildlife refuges, Kiawah is the region’s most prolific nesting area for loggerhead turtles. In all, Kiawah is home to:

  • 18 species of mammals
  • 30+ species of reptiles
  • 300 species of birds
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Protecting Kiawah wildlife in perpetuity

Thanks to Kiawah Partners’s commitment to environmental stewardship, every corner of the Island serves as a refuge for flora and fauna — and for the Island’s human inhabitants. Kiawah’s natural environment is protected by various entities:

Kiawah Partners
Kiawah Conservancy

Kiawah Partners

About half of the Island’s 10,000 acres are undeveloped natural lowlands, and of the high ground, half again has been donated for conservation, parks, or recreational uses. In addition, Kiawah Partners deeded between 300 and 400 acres of valuable dune land to the Kiawah Island Community Association to provide a permanent buffer to protect the beach and multiple dune rows for all to enjoy. Over its 40+ year development history, Kiawah Partners has donated back millions of dollars worth of land in the name of conservation.

Kiawah Conservancy

The Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, a chartered non-profit, grassroots organization, was established by Island residents in 1997 to preserve the natural habitat of Kiawah Island. The Conservancy has preserved more than 20 properties and more than 320 acres of pristine barrier island habitat, including 150-acre Little Bear Island at the easternmost tip of Kiawah Island.

Protected Views

Homes throughout the Island enjoy unobstructed views of bird-inhabited marshland, verdant forest, sun-sparkled water and rolling golf greens, thanks to Kiawah Partners’s careful planning and respect for the natural environment.

Enjoy the view

Get a glimpse of Kiawah’s natural splendor

Kiawah Clubs and Recreation Centers

Community hubs.

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Visit the Night Heron Park Nature Center

Area naturalists discuss Kiawah wildlife.

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Explore Kiawah Island

Find unsurpassed natural beauty, an array of activities and luxury amenities.

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