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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The second sighting of South Georgia Island occurred on 29 June, 1756, from the merchant vessel ‘León’ under the command of Gregorio Jerez. Having rounded Cape Horn on 26 June, the ship experienced freezing and stormy conditions.

‘At nine in the morning [29 June], we beheld a Continent of land extending about 25 leagues in length from NE to SW, full of sharp and craggy mountains of frightful aspect, and of such extraordinary height that scarcely could we discern the summits, although at a distance of more than six leagues.’

It was recorded that the Isla de San Pedro [South Georgia] was sighted. A passenger of this Spanish mercantile voyage, Nicholas-Pierre Guyot, Sieur Duclod of St Malo, France, describes the voyage and the burial at sea of the Viceroy of Chile off the island.

R. K. Headland, Chronological List of Antarctic Expeditions and Related Historical Events (Cambridge, 1989), p. 70.

R. Headland, The Island of South Georgia (Cambridge, 1986), pp. 22-23.

Image: David Merron South Georgia photo via Quark Expeditions
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Timeline PhotosHappy #Midwinter to our colleagues in the #Antarctic! To listen in to the BBC Midwinter Broadcast at 21:30 BST on 21st June on shortwave, tune to:

5790 kHz from Woofferton UK
7360 kHz from Woofferton UK
9580 kHz from Ascension Islands

Further details and preview:

📷 Adam Clark
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Today is the first #WorldAlbatrossDay and we couldn't be more thrilled. Such amazing birds but they are under threat because of some fishing practices. Help us to work with our partners to stop this and protect South Georgia's wonderful albatrosses by donating to SGHT and FOSGI ❤️Day 29 of #30daysofalbatross and it’s #WorldAlbatrossDay tomorrow! Or today depending on where in the world you are.

Albatrosses have long deserved their own ‘day’, being one of the most charismatic yet threatened groups of birds in the world. We’re delighted that they are finally being recognised, and we can’t wait to celebrate tomorrow.

Albatross aren’t easy birds to see, spending most of their lives out on the open ocean, and when finally returning to land, breeding on remote pelagic islands far from most humans.

If you have seen one though, you will never forget it. They’re almost magical creatures. Watching this pair of wandering albatross dance together on South Georgia was a magical experience, which we hope future generations will be able to witness.
So let’s all work together to protect them!
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