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Sea power brings hope of turtles hatching on St Helena

The waves that pound against Sandy Bay Beach may have made it possible for green turtle eggs to hatch naturally on St Helena for the first time in decades. A nest has been discovered where the sea has washed away … Continue reading

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Net saving? Ascension no-fishing zone could cost £3m – or not

Creating one of the world’s biggest marine protection zones around Ascension Island could cost the UK about £3 million a year – at a Conservative estimate. The conservationist estimate, on the other hand, is only £400,000 a year. Click the … Continue reading

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Cables versus cobbles: the battle of Main Street

With fibre-opting cables linking government buildings up and down Main Street in Jamestown, government staff will in future be spared from having to pop across the road to deliver documents. And if there’s no need for people to walk anywhere, … Continue reading

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Writer praises reprieve for historic St Helena house

A fresh call has been made by a writer on St Helenian heritage to protect what remains of its grand country houses. John Tyrrell also praises executive councillors for refusing to lift some of the protection from Wrangham’s in Sandy … Continue reading

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Lost leaf hopper pops up for the first time in 137 years

Bug experts have been astonished by the rediscovery of one of St Helena’s smallest creatures. Conservation officer Lourens Malan was lucky to spot the missing leaf hopper on his day off: it’s only three millimetres long.  by St Helena Government writer … Continue reading

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Island’s large bellflower ‘could be lost’ to genetic mix-up

St Helena’s endemic large bellflower could become extinct within a few years – even though it is raising new plants. The fear for conservationists is that the few remaining wild plants are getting mixed up with another endemic species, the … Continue reading

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National Trust seeks new director to fight heritage threats

A search is on for a new campaigner to lead the fight to protect St Helena’s threatened heritage. St Helena National Trust is looking for a new director who can defend the island’s historic buildings as well as enhancing its … Continue reading

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First gray whale spotted south of the equator

Namibia sighting suggests much-hunted whales are regaining ancient migratory routes, or may be down to climate disruption. Keep your eyes open on deck while traveling to or from Walvis Bay. You might catch a rare glimpse of the mighty Gray … Continue reading

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Rats caught attacking island chicks

A large number of rats have been found around the sooty tern colony on Ascension Island – with evidence of having fed on chicks. Now one has been captured on video, probing round a nest at night while a tern … Continue reading

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After the dry spell, paper warns of climate swings

Sharp changes in St Helena’s climate are having an increasing impact on food crops on the island. The draft agriculture paper, Growing Forward, warns that swings in the weather could have several effects. They include: lower soil fertility more soil erosion … Continue reading

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