1990 Beauchêne Island is visited for the first time by FC to monitor seabird populations. Dr Kate Thompson becomes Secretary. Squid fishery investigations take place. Wild Flower survey planned. Lord Buxton is appointed President.

1991Falklands Conservation is formally launched on 1 August by Sir David Attenborough, following a merger between FIF and FIT. A conservation video 'Preserving the Falklands' is produced with the Falkland Islands Tourist Board. Carol Miller appointed as FI Secretary. First issue of FC magazine The Warrah appeared in November. 


Launch of Falklands Conservation with Sir David Attenborough (left), Dr Kate Thompson, and Sir Rex Hunt

1992 HRH The Duke of York becomes Patron. A desk study on potential Ramsar sites in the Falklands (sites of international wetlands importance) is undertaken for the UK Dept of Environment. Tony Stones becomes Secretary in UK. Professor. John Croxall is appointed Chairman

1993 Wildlife id sheets for junior schoolchildren produced. Kate Thompson leaves in June. A full-time Conservation Officer is appointed based in Stanley and Ann Brown appointed UK Secretary. Increasing tourism begins to raise questions about wildlife disturbance and site protection. First community beach clean is held at Hadassa Bay, Port William, on 18 March. Jeremy Smith starts work as a seasonal Field Science Officer.

1994 A Wildlife of the Southern Oceans painting exhibition held in London to raise funds. A Gypsy Cove trail guide produced. Let's Look at Wild Flowers of the Falkland Islands educational pack, written by Sally Poncet, is produced for the Stanley Community School.

1995 The Sea Mammal Research Unit is contracted to undertake a survey of the Falklands' population of the Southern Sea Lion. Penguin Appeal reaches £140,500.

a northisland-1993-lg  b billoddie-1994-lg  c Motley_islands-1994-sm

(a) North Island - one of nine islands (previously leased) donated freehold to Falklands Conservation by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation, 1993. (b) Bill Oddie launches Penguin Appeal at London Zoo, 1993 (c) Motley and Middle Islands purchased 1994. Robin Woods, with a team from the Britannia Royal Naval College, surveys Motley.

1996 The first Island wide penguin census (Gentoo, Rockhopper and King) is carried out. A coastal baseline study is undertaken prior to hydrocarbon exploration.


Deaths of Black-browed Albatrosses by long-lining in the Patagonian Shelf area are noted for the first time.

FC becomes an Associate of BirdLife Internationalfeatured-birdlife

1997 A recovery plan for Felton’s Flower is developed. Jeremy Smith is appointed Conservation Officer and Rebecca Ingham joins the staff as Field Science Officer. The Stanley office moves to new premises on Ross Road. 


Results of the Breeding Bird Survey are published in Robin & Anne Woods' Atlas of Breeding Birds of the Falkland Islands.

1998 Seabirds at Sea Team (SAST) Programme begins to collect data on the distribution of seabirds and marine mammals in the waters surrounding the Islands. Undertaken for its first 3 years under contract by JNCC, this Programme set out to inform offshore oil development. Outer & Double Islands purchased. Falklands Conservation changes from a trust to a company limited by guarantee and decides to drop preservation of historic wrecks from its active work programmes. Moore's Plantain is recognised as new endemic plant. Penguin migration movements in winter are investigated. The website is on line for the first time.

1999 Mitigation measures begin to be investigated in the light of continued and increasing seabird mortality as recorded by the SAST. The Native Plants Survey launched with FC working through a Darwin Initiative funded plants programme. The WATCH Group launched for junior members.

Following extensive advice and preparation of draft legislation by FC, the Conservation of Wildlife & Nature Ordinance came into force on 1 November 1999 extending, updating and revising previous nature conservation laws.

 Becky Ingham was appointed Conservation Officer and Dr Andrea Clausen joins FC as Field Science Officer. FC joins the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum. RPSB officers visit the Falklands to help and advise on development plan. Staff receive training in Oil Spill Management.