Environment

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 British territory around the world – that is, plants and creatures that appear naturally in …

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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 identifying them as pachylomera femoralis – giant flattened dung beetles. Their remains were spotted in …

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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 the familiar attractions of St Helena in a stylish piece, but many might challenge his …

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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 an encounter with five of the giant creatures off Jamestown – though only two feature …

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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 its care. Its chairman, Joan Walley MP, said: “The UK government doesn’t even know precisely …

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