Travels and travails of Falklands seabirds

THE travels and travails of seabirds was the subject of a talk last week at the Chamber of Commerce by marine biologist Dr James Grecian, a marine biologist collaborating with SAERI, (South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute).  

Dr Grecian told the audience that global seabird populations have declined by 70% in the last 50 years. The main impacts on the birds have been from fishing, predation by invasive mammals and climate change.

Although breeding colonies can be studied relatively easily to allow scientists to better understand behaviour and mortality rates, very little is known about the birds once they leave the breeding grounds.

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Sand Bay Wind Farm de-risking the future of Falklands electricity supply

THE Power and Electrical section of the Public Works Department (PWD) held an Open Day at the Sand Bay wind farm last week.  

The public was invited to tour the facility and learn from the engineers how it all worked.

Although the six tall turbines have been a familiar sight at the roadside outside Stanley since 2007, it’s not until you stand 44 beneath one and look up 44 metres that you get a sense of their massive scale and sleek design.

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Prince Andrew hosts launch of Falklands Conservation's fundraising campaign

HIS Royal Highness the Duke of York, patron of Falklands Conservation (FC) hosted an evening at St James’s Palace, London on June 2 in support of FC’s Building for the Future fundraising campaign. 

The organisation’s vision is to construct a Falklands Conservation Nature Centre adjacent to the award winning Museum and National Trust buildings and thus bringing the Islands’ nature and heritage together in one place.

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New look Waterfront Hotel

THE Waterfront Hotel is about to undertake major refurbishment works, proprietor Alex Olmedo told Penguin News.

It will become a, “unique, high-end boutique accommodation option in Stanley,”  he explained.

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Falklands promoted at Experience Latin America

JENNY Luxton and Michelle Pepper from Falkland Islands Holidays attended Experience Latin America in London earlier this month.

Falkland Islands Holidays had back to back meetings with an average of eleven scheduled meetings per day, explained Jenny, however more unscheduled meetings were held at coffee breaks and over lunch as well as the networking events in the evening.  

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