News

Cruise Ships: A Humanitarian Repatriation

As borders close across South America, in response to COVID-19, the Falkland Islands has become one of the few places still willing to take cruise ships. Working with UK Embassies in South America, the Governor’s office in Stanley, the local private sector, and British Forces South Atlantic Islands, the Falkland Islands Government have permitted and […] Read more...

St Helena Green Turtles attempt nesting on Rupert’s Beach

On the evening of Sunday, 5 April 2020, the Saint Helena National Trust’s Marine Team responded to a call regarding a green turtle attempting to nest on Rupert’s Beach. It has been a few years since the last nesting attempt of the green turtle, which happened at Sandy Bay Beach in March 2015.  It was […] Read more...

St Helena Covid-19 Preparedeness Update

St Helena is still in the Prevent Stage and we continue to take precautionary measures to remain in this stage and further protect the Island.  At this time there is no medical evidence to escalate the current preventative measures we have in place on St Helena. The enhanced  Social Distancing measures which came into effect […] Read more...

British Airways Flight arrives in Grand Cayman

The British Airways flight arrived in Grand Cayman this afternoon (Monday 6 April 2020). The flight carried vital supplies for the Islands including urgent pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment and test kits. The flight returned 58 Caymanian students and other residents to the Island. On arrival the passengers were checked by Public Health and were immediately […] Read more...

Tristan da Cunha Gough Island Restoration 2020

The RSPB-led £9.1m project which aims to eradicate mice from Gough Island has started. This will be the RSPB’s largest ever single undertaking, and one of the most ambitious island restorations ever attempted by anyone anywhere in the world.  For full details: https://www.tristandc.com/wildlife/news-2020-03-04-grpupdate.php Read more...

Parliamentary Meetings

On Tuesday 21 January UKOTA held two important meetings in Parliament for its members.  The first was a meeting with the recently elected Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP. Sir Lindsay has been a strong supporter of the UK’s Overseas Territories throughout his time in the House of […] Read more...

St Helena Research Institute officially launched on St Helena and in London

The Education & Employment Directorate officially launched the St Helena Research Institute (SHRI) at dual events hosted on St Helena and in London on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Ann’s Place, one of the Island’s cultural gems which has already been the platform for the Island’s first two International Environmental Conferences, provided a fitting venue for […] Read more...

Another Damaging Storm Hits Tristan da Cunha

The island of Tristan da Cunha was hit by another damaging storm on 2/3 November 2019. This was very much like the July event in terms of wind speed/direction and with similar, but slightly smaller consequences with no one hurt. For full details https://www.tristandc.com/news-2019-11-03-storm.php Read more...

ZSL’s work in the UK Overseas Territories

As well the seas around the British Isles, the UK government is also responsible for the waters around all of the 14 UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). When taking these waters into account, the UK has 6.8 million square kilometres under its jurisdiction. Over 90% of the UK’s biodiversity is found in its Overseas Territories, and […] Read more...