The story of the whale at South Georgia

The story of the whale at South Georgia

South Georgia Island declared rodent-free after centuries of infestation

The world’s largest rodent eradication project was declared a success in May 2018, read how with your help we made history and created a brighter future for the island’s birds. Thank you to all our supporters. You made this possible!

Unique South Georgia – preserving its history, restoring its environment

The sub-antarctic island of South Georgia is a unique place positioned in the Southern Ocean; it is one of nature’s paradises and yet it is also rich with historical heritage.

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) aims to work with all who wish to preserve the island’s natural and historical heritage for future generations – to redress the damage to its environment done in the past, and to preserve the human heritage of the island which so clearly shows the best and worst of humanity.

The groundbreaking successful SGHT Habitat Restoration Project will save native birds from extinction and increase by millions the numbers of endangered seabirds on South Georgia.

Help us to preserve the island’s past and to create a better future for South Georgia’s wildlife.
Please make a donation to SGHT today.

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On this day in 1775, Captain James Cook and the crew of the HMS Resolution made the first confirmed sighting of South Georgia.

Their impressions were not favourable. While Cook described the landscape as “savage and horrible”, the biologist Johann Forster was even more dismissive of the island’s charms:

“If a Captain, some Officers & a Crew were convicted of some heinous crimes, they ought to be sent by way of punishment to these inhospitable cursed Regions for to explore & survey them. The very thought to live here a year fills the whole Soul with horror & despair… what miserable wretches must they be, that live here in these terrible climates.”

We’re sure more recent visitors have had a better experience!

Pictured: some of those ‘savage and horrible’ scenes on South Georgia. All courtesy of Holly Looney.

Source: Robert Headland ‘The island of South Georgia’ (1984)
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2 weeks ago

South Georgia Heritage Trust

One day this fluffball will be flying at 110km/h... impressive!We're excited to announce that our black-browed chick has finally hatched! 🐣
Umi and Sora are over the moon with their new little fluff-ball, and to celebrate the arrival of our first #AlbatrossStories black-browed chick, here are some key facts about this striking albatross species:

1️⃣ In the right conditions these birds can reach flying speeds of up to 110 km per hour making them unflappable aerial experts! ⛅️
2️⃣ Known for their boisterous behaviour and quick temper, these birds also have a secret weapon 💣 - a stomach packed full of oil which they can spit at attackers if they get too close! 😱
3️⃣ As we’ve learnt, these birds are capable of flying at speeds set to get anyone's pulse racing - but what’s even MORE surprising is that their flying heart rate is almost the same as when they are resting - impressive right?!

Which fact is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! 👇

📷: Alex Dodds
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Update: She's on now!

Are you tuning in? CEO Alison Neil is being interviewed about the new art commission on 'The Afternoon Show' on BBC Radio Scotland this afternoon.
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