Category Archives: Environment

Lost chance to save the giant earwig: they got there too soon

If only things had been different back in the 1960s, Dave Clarke of London Zoo might now know what it was like to have a three-inch-long earwig wriggling in his hands. But they weren’t, and half a century on, the … Continue reading

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Oh no, earwig go…

Takeshi Yamada, a collector of strange creatures, is the proud owner of what appears to be a St Helena giant earwig – a specimen made more valuable by last week’s news that the species is likely to be officially declared … Continue reading

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St Helena tops the league table for unique species

Charles Darwin glossed over it, but now St Helena has been officially recognised as Britain’s wealthiest spot on Earth when it comes to natural treasures. The island is home to a third of the endemic species that are found on … Continue reading

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Alien discovery sparks international beetle drive

Three stowaways have been found hitching a ride to St Helena’s airport, nearly two years before it is even due to open. Even though they had no papers on them, David Pryce of St Helena National Trust had no trouble … Continue reading

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Cruise writer finds a film set waiting to be discovered

Sandy Bay’s arid landscape could be the setting for a science-fiction fantasy and Diana’s Peak would need no make-up for a role in a remake of Jurassic Park, according to writer Captain Greybeard on the Cruise International website. He highlights … Continue reading

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Swimming with whale sharks – an island tradition

Swimming with whale sharks is nothing new on St Helena. Fishermen used to have to fend them off, to avoid taking an unplanned dip alongside them, according to video-maker Julian Beard. He used a high-tech Go Pro camera to record … Continue reading

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Bella the whale shark leads scientists into deep waters

A satellite tracker attached to one of the whale sharks gathered off St Helena in early 2014 has begun sending signals to scientists – and the movements of the creature, nicknamed Bella, can be followed on the internet. The reading … Continue reading

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UK ‘doesn’t even know’ about island eco threats, say MPs

The UK has been accused by a Westminster committee of failing to protect endangered plants and creatures in its overseas territories. The Environmental Audit Committee said the UK was not taking proper responsibility for the 517 globally threatened species in … Continue reading

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Daring divers play tag with giant sharks

It takes a brave person to attach an electronic gizmo to a shark that’s as long as a bus. Two brave people, in St Helena’s case. But the presence of whale sharks off the island has got scientists excited, and … Continue reading

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Whale sharks: St Helena’s biggest tourist attraction?

Whale sharks earn tourist dollars for the few places in the world where they make regular visits, and they could even do the same for St Helena. Now rules are being drawn up to make sure the giant but friendly … Continue reading

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