From Discovery to Discovery

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A one-day conference ‘From Discovery to Discovery’ brings St Helena based organisations and researchers together to share and exchange knowledge and experience, show casing the diversity of research being conducted on land and sea. This event which will be held on the 12th November 2020 at the St Helena Community College, Education Learning Centre, Jamestown, […]

Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families. The three […]

UK recycles £290,000 on South Atlantic rubbish

Britain’s environmental bosses have been rebuked in the past for failing to engage with the UK overseas territories; now they might be criticised for doing so. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has committed £190,000 to increase paper and cardboard recycling on St Helena. Crudely, that’s a little over £40 per Saint. It […]

More action planned on illegal fishing – minister

The UK government is planning to step up efforts to investigate illegal fishing around St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it has been revealed. The House of Lords heard that short term patrols and satellite monitoring are already used to track fishing vessels around the islands. But it appears the islands do not yet […]

Bride Wendy has her flower on her cake – and eats it

The St Helena ebony, rescued from extinction by Charlie Benjamin, has found a place in UK national ceremonial – and on his daughter’s wedding cake. Simon Pipe of St Helena Online was honoured to give a speech telling Charlie’s story. Wendy Benjamin would have liked to have living ebony flowers at her wedding to Campbell Duncan. But […]

Elected members get tough on tossers (of litter…)

The Honourable NIGEL DOLLERY is no mere tosser of throw-away insults when it comes to litter. He used plain English to give his response after legislative councillors voted to review St Helena’s anti-littering laws, and enforce them. These were the actual words of his adjournment debate speech (slightly edited).  I recently had an interesting experience. I […]

More tea plants, anyone? ‘Lost’ endemics found near airport site

A forgotten strand of St Helena’s unique tea plant has been rediscovered below Longwood, it has been reported. The bushes found in Fisher’s Valley are much larger than any other known specimens on the island, some reaching 1.5 metres in height. It is believed that their existence was known to George Benjamin, the man who discovered the […]

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 old fortifications that were causing erosion of the beach. The find was made by Larry “Nails” […]

Green turtles ‘attempting to nest on St Helena’

Green turtles have been attempting to nest on St Helena, the island’s marine conservation section has reported. Part of Sandy Bay Beach is to be closed off while the conservation team finds out the state of the nests discovered. A statement from St Helena Government did not say how or when the discovery was made, […]

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 pic to see a gallery of Ascension marine life Celebrities and academics have joined with […]