Arjan Dwarshuis World Record Wordld Big Year at Green Castle Hotel Jamaica

World Record at Green Castle

Did you know…Green Castle played a large part in helping get the “World Big Year” record for the number of bird species spotted in a single year? Due to our experience and specially prepared birding tours and nature tours, we have an enviable record. Many famous birding companies from around the world utilise our services as well as some solo record holders.

Way back in 2016, Birding enthusiast, Arjan Dwarshuis spent the year birdwatching around the world almost non-stop.  This was part of his ‘Biggest Year’ which was also made into a documentary film (Arjan’s Biggest Year).  Arjan, a BirdLife Species Champion from the Netherlands, undertook this mammoth task to raise money for BirdLife’s ‘Preventing Extinctions Programme’ which focuses on the most threatened birds in the world.

With over 171 species of birds recorded to date and 27 of the 28 Jamaican endemics, it’s not hard to see why birding experts recommended Green Castle’s 1600 acres of rainforest, walking trails and coastline to Arjan for the Jamaican leg of his world record attempt.

During Arjan’s Biggest Year, he visited 40 countries over 366 days and saw a whopping 6,852 birds averaging 18 birds per day, breaking the previous record set by Noah Strycker in 2015.  His efforts have helped him raise a massive €42,883 of his €100,000 target to date.  He won’t stop until he hits his goal of €100k.  You can still donate via his fundraising page –