ladder hill
LADDER HILL
shot in 2004
Ladder Hill was the Tower Hill of St Helena
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JAMESTOWN
The Islands capital
A great view shot from my DJI Drone flying over Jamestown Harbour
Rupert Beach
RUPERT'S BEACH
Easily accessible and safe
Rupert's Beach a popular black sandy beach for days out.
Boer Cemetery
BOER CEMETERY
Individual graves aligned
Hillside burial ground cemetery at Knollcombes

Month: April 2013

St Helena gets top rating for environmental protection

An investigation has highlighted “legal neglect” of biodiversity in the UK’s overseas territories – but not on St Helena. The territory, which formally includes Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, is one of only three to have been singled out for praise in a report by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It …

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Vandals hack wood from Peak Dale gumwoods

Timber has been illegally sawn from protected gumwood trees at Peak Dale on St Helena. A 2011 law makes it illegal to take, damage or kill endangered species, including the island’s unique gumwood trees. It will also be illegal under new environmental legislation currently being drafted. The latest environmental management newsletter says: “The removal of …

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Treading carefully: experts walk miles for new plant books

Three new books are to be published on St Helena’s unique plant life – including some “celebrated evolutionary curiosities”. They are the result of four years of work and several hundred miles of walking by members of the St Helena Nature Conservation Group, scouring 157 individual grid squares covering the entire island. The new field …

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Intrepid South Africans playing key role in St Helena airport adventure

The first plane to officially land at St Helena’s new airport – the first airport in the island’s more than 500 years of human habitation – is scheduled to do so in February 2016. Building an Airport by Ship Jimmy Johnston says the biggest challenge in building St Helena Airport has been creating and maintaining …

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We took to the lifeboats off Ascension – a captain’s story

As a young seaman, Jonathan Mercer spent an anxious time in an open lifeboat after crew and passengers abandoned a burning Union Castle ship between Ascension Island and St Helena. Almost exactly 40 years on, he revisited both islands as Master of the cruise ship MS Amsterdam.  In his online Captain’s Log, Jonathan Mercer made …

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