Giving something back

Imperial shag colony, Carcass Island, Falkland Islands by JeremyRichards, Shutterstock Visitors can help protect the islands’ wildlife by supporting conservation charities © JeremyRichards, Shutterstock 

The wildlife of the Falkland Islands attracts many tourists to the islands. The teeming seabird colonies and huge sea mammals that are found in magnificent scenery make the Falkland Islands an outstanding location. However, this special place is in need of special protection. In 1980 a new conservation body, the Falkland Islands Foundation, was formed. It has since merged with the Falkland Islands Trust to form Falklands Conservation. The late Sir Peter Scott conceived the idea of a conservation charity after a visit he and other conservationists made to the islands in 1979. Falklands Conservation is a charitable organisation concerned with protecting the unique wildlife of the Falkland Islands. It belongs to the global organisation BirdLife International, which is working to protect birds and their habitats, and to the World Conservation Union (IUCN). By joining the charity, visitors are helping to protect the islands’ wildlife and aiding the wide range of research work that is being undertaken. Members of Falklands Conservation receive a journal, Falkland Islands Wildlife Conservation which gives updates on their work and information about the organisation. There is a youth section, which is part of the ‘Wildlife Watch’ run by the Wildlife Trusts in the United Kingdom. Children between the ages of eight and 16 get involved with projects such as tussac planting and have opportunities to visit some of the more remote locations, sometimes camping, on the islands.

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