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Flowers come out as ‘rarest tree’ beats extinction

Desperate efforts to save St Helena’s bastard gumwood tree are bearing fruit – or rather, flowers. Dr Phil Lambdon and his team had to delicately pick up pollen grains with brushes and “paint” them on to blossom of the only … 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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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 … Continue reading

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Vision ‘puts swimmers next to sewage’, says Adam

  By Laura Peberday A watersports area planned for Jamestown may not be such a good idea: as Adam Wolfe of St Helena National Trust pointed out, “the swimming area happens to be right next to a sewage pipe.” He … Continue reading

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Lemon Valley restoration will revive old skills

Island craftsmen are to restore a historic group of buildings in Lemon Valley – while learning traditional skills. Master stonemason Henry Rumbold will pass on his techniques to building trades students at Prince Andrew School, and unemployed young people. Established … Continue reading

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Thefts hit effort to revive endangered island plants

Security is being reviewed at St Helena’s Millennium Forest after thefts of critically-endangered endemic plants worth hundreds of pounds. Many were to have been planted as part of the Darwin project to re-establish extremely rare native flora on the island. Adam Wolfe, director of the … Continue reading

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Endemic trees reported stolen from Millennium Forest

Police are investigating the alleged theft of gumwood and rosemary trees from St Helena’s Millennium Forest on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. No further details have been given, but Detective Sergeant Clarence Roberts said officers would be making regular visits to … Continue reading

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Ideas wanted for home of Napoleon’s general

A new future is being sought for the home of one of General Henri-Gratien Bertrand, one of the officers who joined Napoleon in exile on St Helena. Bertrand’s Cottage in Longwood is considered to have changed little since the general and … Continue reading

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RSPB objects to Shelco resort over wirebird doubts

Disputes have broken out among bird experts over plans to build “the world’s greenest hotel” on St Helena, including an eco-golf course. A formal objection to the resort has been lodged by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds … Continue reading

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