Botany Bay WMA

Botany Bay WMA


Area name

Botany Bay WMA

Area Location

Drive south towards Edisto Island on Highway 174 from the intersection of Highway 174/U.S. 17. After 3.6 miles turn right onto Highway 164, from there the entrance is approximately 2 miles.

Area Map


Admission: Free.

Hours of Operation: Daylight.



Highlights of this area include the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (aka the Grove Plantation) – this is en route to Edisto Island, Grove Plantation House, Edisto Beach State Park Interpretive Center.

Edisto Island and ACE Basin NWR are part of the ACE Basin – Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto – three rivers which form the basin in St. Helena Sound.

The best birding times are April through June.

Key Birds


Anhinga, White Ibis, Wood Stork, King Rail, Barred Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, Eastern Bluebird.


Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-throated Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Northern Parula, Summer Tanager, Orchard Oriole.


Least Bittern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Viero, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Orchard Oriole, Bachman’s Sparrow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Northern Parula, Yellow-billed Cuckoo.


Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Virginia Rail, Sora, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Sedge Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow.