Falklands Conservation's Oiled Seabird Facility was opened official by His Excellency the Governor cutting the ribbon. The evening was attended by individuals and companies that have supported the development of the facility, including representatives from government veterinary, fisheries and agriculture departments as well as councillors of the Legislative Assembly. Also in attendance were a number of volunteers that have assisted with caring and rehabilitating seabirds, as well as local companies that have donated funds towards the facility, including Falkland Islands Company West Store.
The Oiled Seabird Rehabilitation Facility was developed in response to a review of the Islands’ ability to deal with oiled wildlife in 2010. At the same time, the Joint Services Dog Section from MPC, after visiting the vets at Stanley and being shown rehabilitated oiled penguins in care, initiated a campaign to raise money to help improve the existing facility (a basic shed with no water or electricity).
In 2011, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Interserve Defence Ltd relocated eight used corimec containers from MPC which were donated to Falklands Conservation by the Military Base at Mount Pleasant. The units were sited close behind the veterinary department in Stanley. A combination of fundraising by the military base and the local community, as well as voluntary support from local companies allowed us to refit the interior and outside space to the purpose of the facility.
Aims of the facility
Falklands Conservation, where feasible, respond to small-scale wildlife emergencies. This Oiled Seabird Rehabilitation Facility has increased the organisational capacity to deal with oiled seabirds, so that around 20 seabirds can be rehabilitated at one time (oiled penguins are currently the most common rescued wildlife we rehabilitate). The facility has been developed to cope with the frequency and size of most previous wildlife emergencies and will ensure that FC are effective at caring for seabirds that are rescued, as well as providing a safe and improved work space for its staff and the many volunteers that help care for the birds.
We have been working hard over the last few months trying to get the Oiled Wildlife Facility functioning ready for next year. The flooring has been laid to create an indoor pen area and a suitable cleaning room. Plumbing works have begun so that we have running hot and cold water, cleaning sinks and sprinklers for the pen.
The Gentoo Penguin Project is investigating the foraging ecology of gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands. Throughout his recent trip to the Falklands, Jonathan Handley captured footage of life in the field and around gentoo colonies. The footage was compiled thanks to support from the Ruffords Small Grants Foundation, Falklands Conservation (Falkland Islands) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa).
"The answers of the ocean lie in those that call it home..."
Videos are available for viewing on the project's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6bPmBUpZ2aA93XlMXE6YA
Thank you to everyone who entered photographs into our recent Wildlife Photograph Competition, we appreciate the time you have taken to enter the competition & support Falklands Conservation:
Alex Macipe, Andrew Pollard, Angela Rowlands, Aniket Sardana, Avineesh Suppiah, Chris Locke, Dan Bernard, David Hirst, Gandhi Suppiah, Glen Sturdee, Ian Goulbourne, Jeremy Pierce, Karen Penroz, Leila Griffiths, Marcin Martychiewicz, Melissa Bobowski, Paul Henderson, Peter Young, Priya Suppiah, Rosemary Stewart, Sophie Lewis, Steve Sadler, Sue Downtown, Tamas Farkas, Vicki Jackson
The 2013 Falklands Conservation Charity Ball, proudly sponsored by Consolidated Fisheries Ltd. proved to be a huge success and raised almost £22,000. Guests arrived and were welcomed with a champagne reception kindly donated by the Falkland Islands Company and a range of canapés provided by the Malvina House Hotel all complemented by a classical ensemble performed by Shirley Adams-Leach and Falkland Islands Community School music students.
The theme this year was sustainability and recycling and the Town Hall was transformed with artwork and crafts made by The Watch Group and volunteers. The focal point of the glamorous evening was a spectacular chandelier suspended from the ceiling, made entirely out of recycled materials, including dozens of plastic bottles and an old bicycle wheel.