2000 Flowering Plants of the Falkland Islands is published. A second census of Falkland penguins is carried out showing an increase in numbers. Research into the impact of the cruise-ship industry is undertaken by Debbie Summers. The SW Atlantic Marine Environment Conference is held in London. Endemic Cobb's Wren population estimates increased in light of visits to offshore islands.  A census of the Falklands' black-browed albatrosses showed a population decline of 17,000 pairs per year from 1995/96. The Falkland Islands National Herbarium is set up.

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(a) Black-browed albatross numbers decrease in the Islands. (b) The Falkland Island National Herbarium is set up. Robin Woods, who donated many of the initial specimens, working on the collection in Stanley. (c) FC lead the Seabirds at Sea Team with appointment of Dr Ben Sullivan (shown here) and Tim Reid. (d) A Visitor's Guide to the Falkland Islands is published. L-R, Robin Woods, Debbie Summers (author), Becky Ingham, and Ben Fogle.

2001 Tussac restoration work begins at Port Harriet. The last issue of the Warrah is published in May and first issue of Wildlife Conservation in the Falkland Islands published in October. A survey to locate Felton's Flower in the wild is undertaken, sponsored by the Friends of Kew. Falkland Islands Countryside Code produced by FC. South Jason Island severely burnt by fire. FC takes action to highlight fire danger and the need to issue guidelines to the military. First Volunteer Point wardens in place. Rat eradication programme takes place on Top and Bottom and Outer and Double Islands. We move new offices to the Jetty Visitor Centre, Stanley.

2002 A survey is conducted of Hill Cove Mountains and Forest for first FI National Park designation. The Red Data List of Threatened Falkland Plants is published. Survey of Falkland invertebrates started in spring 2002, and many new species found. First Conservation Charity Ball in Stanley raises £8,000. Robin Woods appointed Chairman.       

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(a) Our Patron, HRH The Duke of York, visits the Falkland Islands in 2002 and launches our King Penguin Adoption scheme. WATCH Group members present him with two penguins for his daughters. (b) British Divers Marine Mammal Medics visit in 2002 to train FC staff and local volunteers techniques for rescuing stranded cetaceans. (c) Thistle clearance at Saunders Islands 2003.

2003 Rats cleared from 305ha North East Island. Collection of FI native seeds begun as part of the UK Millennium Seed Bank project. Collection of albatross eggs becomes illegal. Survey of Bleaker Island with the British Schools Exploring Society. Action on invasive plants was begun with clearance of thistles on Saunders Island. Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning kills thousands of seabirds due to a red algal bloom in December 2002 and January 2003. Gentoo and rockhopper penguin populations are affected, particularly at colonies in the north-west of the Falkland Islands.


(a) A dead Gentoo penguin at Fox Bay. Many adult penguins died December 2002 January 2003 due to a harmful algal bloom. Kevin Schafer . Poisonous red algal bloom with aircraft shadow showing scale. (b) In 2004 FC celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1979. (c) Insects of the Falkland Islands, by Dr Alex Jones  is published. (d) In 2004 16,500 juvenile Black-browed albatrosses are orange-marked with a temporary dye on Steeple Jason in April to find out where they go when they fledge from FI colonies

2004 Falkland Islands Government adopts the FC prepared National Plan of Action for Seabirds. Small Grants Scheme launched for local conservation projects. Cetacean Watch launched. Darwin Initiative provides funding for a three-year invertebrates research project. FC becomes Partner-designate in Birdlife International and takes part in BirdLife's global meeting. We become an associate member of International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. A major new project is launched, funded by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme, the Albatross and Petrel Conservation Programme. A major review of staff and re-organisation of structure leads to the creation of five permanent and full time posts in the Stanley Office: Director, Secretary, Science Officer, Community Conservation Officer and Conservation Officer.

2005 A series of leaflets on key wildlife sites produced. A two-year education project starts, working with Falkland schools to produce teaching materials on native wildlife and local environmental issues. Island-wide surveys (conducted every five years) of albatrosses and penguins reveal further declines in numbers, but a huge reduction in seabird mortality in Falkland waters following introduction of mitigation measures, trialled by Falklands Conservation. New Breeding Birds Survey is launched.

2006 In March Falklands Conservation hosted an international Workshop 'Albatross and Petrels in the South Atlantic: Conservation Priorities'. This gathering brought together 35 experts and key players from the UK’s South Atlantic Overseas Territories and representatives from neighbouring countries. An at sea observer was employed to check on the effectiveness and use of seabird mitigation devices and monitor by-catch within the Loligo (squid) and finfish trawlers in Falkland waters. In November a repeat census of the rare Striated Caracara was conducted, following the initial count in 1997. The Important Bird Areas of the Falkland Islands is published - this details 22 sites which qualify as IBAs under international criteria.

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(a)The second edition of A Visitor's Guide to the Falkland Islands is published in 2005. (b) A 2004/05 survey of Southern giant petrels highlights the importance of the Falkland Islands for this species. (c) An international workshop on the conservation of albatrosses and petrels is hosted by FC in 2006. (d) The directory Important Bird Areas of the Falkland Islands was published and a copy presented to the Governor, His Excellency Mr Alan Huckle (centre in photo) i 2006. (e) Jubilee Villas, our new offices in Stanley from 2007.

2007 A series of practical conservation leaflets were published covering Marine Mammal Rescue, Tussac Grass Planting and Management, Management and Removal of Invasive Plants, and Wild Bird Rescue. We also published a Falkland Island Penguin Arts and Crafts book for children. In August we purchased our own premises in Stanley, two of the historic terrace of Jubilee Villas on the harbour front. A long-term albatross demographic programme was started on Steeple Jason Island. A two-year Plants Project started in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. We help and support implementation the EU South Atlantic Invasive Species Project. Our Falkland Islands Invertebrates Conservation Project finished in August 2007. During its three-year term, over 100 new records were added to previously know species lists.

2008 An international workshop was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, to investigate the continued decline of rockhopper penguin populations.  Funds were received from the Overseas Territories Environment Programme to commence a Shallow Marine Survey in partnership with the Falkland Islands Shallow Marine Survey Group. An oiled wildlife contingency plan is drafted after the sinking of a fishing trawler in Berekeley Sound and the subsequent rehabilitation of oiled gentoo penguins. A review and update of the FIG National Plan of Action for Seabirds and Trawlers is progressed.

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(a) Population declines of rockhopper penguins discussed at international workshop in 2008 which led to the OTEP funded rockhopper project 2009 - 2012. (b) Shallow Marine Survey Group commence in 2008. (c) Seabird interactions reviewed in the National Plan of Action for seabirds in the trawl fishery. (d) Oiled wildlife contingency plans drafted in 2008 and adopted by FIG in 2010. (e) Centenary year of Cobb's wren in 2009.

2009 was the 100th anniversary of the naming of Cobb’s wren, one of two endemic birds found in the Falkland Islands. At the request of the Falkland Islands Government, a Species Action Plan was produced. A Flagship Species for Cobb’s wren project was undertaken to survey, monitor and eradicate rats from offshore islands. Our WATCH Group for children aged 7 –14 years celebrated its first 10 years. It now involves 50 young members from Stanley in a full programme of wildlife activities and field trips. The OTEP funded Rockhopper Penguin Study, based on Steeple Jason Island, commenced to investigate foraging patterns and diet both through the winter and in the breeding season. A Native Plants Programme was launched. This will establish a native plant nursery in Stanley, progress designation of Important Plant Areas, implement plant and habitat action plans and set up long term plant monitoring systems.