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Falkland Islands Seabird Monitoring Programme

Counting seabird colonies SteepleThe Falkland Islands Seabird Monitoring Programme has been around, in one form or another, for 27 years. Today, it is an annual event visiting a number of sites around the Falkland Islands to count penguins, albatrosses and petrels. The Programme provides estimates of trends in the numbers of breeding pairs, as well as breeding success, and is critical in understanding what is happening to a number of the globally significant seabird populations supported by the Islands.


 

Habitat Restoration

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Eroded land is common accross the Falklands.  Regular causes of erosion are fire, unsuccessful planting and overgrazing, it may also be exacerbated by climate change.  Once erosion starts it often spreads and it's a problem. In agricultural areas it means a loss of fodder and contamination of wool with soil, in conservation areas it saps biodiveristy - from the bottom up. Between 2014 and 2016 Falklands Conservation was kindly funded by the Darwin Plus Initative (http://www.darwininitiative.org.uk/) to build local capcity for habitat restoration, with a focus on using native plants to tackle erosion.  This successful project worked with landowners to collect native plant seeds and mix those with agricultural products (wool and manure) to revegetate eroded areas of sand, clay and peat.


Our Habiat Restoration work continues thanks to funding from the John Ellerman Foundation and vital help from farmers, other landowners and conservation volunteers.  Our work includes: traditional replanting with tussac tillers - often with community planting events, reasearch into new techniques using native seeds and local mulches, and supporting the development of a Native Seed Hub at Cape Dolphin Farm - a vital step in up-scaling the production of native plant seeds.  We also support projects to control or eradicate non-native species, for example with volunteer thistle hoeing trips!  Importantly we also help landowners to share experience and ideas - together we learn what works in the the tough Falklands environment.  



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King Penguins

KING_PENGUIN_Falkland_IslandsWith the help of the WWF, Falklands Conservation is working toward identifying the critical foraging habitats of Falkland Islands key marine predators. We hope that uncovering these foraging 'hot spots' will ultimately lead to enhanced protection for the amazing marine biodiversity that the Falkland Islands hold.


One key predator that is helping us to uncover foraging hot spots, is the king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus).


 

Southern Rockhopper Penguins

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 One of the best loved penguin species in the Falklands – the charismatic southern rockhopper penguin is our logo at Falklands Conservation and our flagship species. You can follow the dedicated research undertaken by Falklands Conservation to learn more about this special penguin.

Wildlife Response

mickypergrine falaconWe respond to small-scale wildlife rescues where we can, often this involves wildlife around the capital - Stanley, where most of the human population is found. We have a small oiled seabird rehabilitation facility in Stanley that deals with low numbers of rescued oiled seabirds, particulalrly penguins. We do not have facilities to deal with all cases of rescued wildlife - please call our offices if you have any concerns regarding wildlife. 


Our philosophy with wildlife is to let nature take its course and not to disturb. However when man-made threats (such as oil pollution or marine debris) impact on wildlife we try to reduce the impacts to the best of our ability.


There are no facilities to deal with seals at the Falklands. Often young seals can get separated from their mums or weaned individuals that are just learning to be self-reliant are found on beaches near to Stanley. The best approach is to not disturb the animal. Please consider whether the animal looks like it really does need any intervention before calling our offices - we often are not able to respond as we don't have facilities or expertise to look after young seals. In some cases nature has to take charge.