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 creatures are not harmed by thrill-seekers. A few lucky tourists got to swim with visiting […]

Rockfalls reported in Jamestown

A large boulder landed in the garden of a house in Upper Jamestown in the early hours of Saturday, 4 January 2014, and Mike Olsson of Saint FM has reported hearing rocks hitting the safety netting above the homes before sunrise on 6 January. Click on the thumbnails below to see Ed Thorpe’s pictures from […]

Expert backs call to honour Charlie, a ‘conservation hero’

The idea of putting celebrating Charlie Benjamin as a hero of St Helena conservation has gone down well with plant expert Dr Colin Clubbe. He used the Twitter messaging website to support the idea of putting Charlie’s name on the map to honour his bravery in retreiving a plant that turned out to be the long-lost […]

Move to recognise Charlie’s bravery – and the plant he saved

Renewed efforts are in hand to adopt the St Helena ebony as the island’s national flower. And a place on the map may be in store for the man who brought it back from extinction – in his teeth. Charlie Benjamin scaled a dangerous cliff to retrieve the rediscovered plant. Now it has been suggested […]

Niall tells the world about St Helena’s natural wonders

The writer Niall Griffiths has described St Helena’s isolation as “extreme, and thrilling” in a brief article for National Geographic magazine. He comments on the island’s natural wonders in an article that will be seen by the magazine’s global readership: “With one step I traversed 80% of the planet’s entire species of tooth-tongued fern. That’s […]

Wharf works will bring noise and dust, but benefits too

Building a new wharf in Rupert’s Bay will bring both benefits and burdens to St Helena. They include a heavy increase in traffic in Rupert’s Valley, bringing noise and dust – listed as a “major adverse” impact. A speed limit of 10 mph has been proposed. Airport construction firm Basil Read has asked to be […]

Britain promises to clear oil from torpedoed Darkdale

A “catastrophic” oil leak from the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale has been declared inevitable within 25 years if no action is taken. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has now promised urgent steps to remove  the oil, to protect human health and St Helena’s precious environment. In the meantime, its investigation team says an exclusion […]

RFA Darkdale: wreck imposes ‘intolerable’ threat to island

A long list of risks posed by the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale sets out grim prospects for St Helena if action is not taken. Two are rated “intolerable” and highly likely to arise. They are: “Catastrophic structural failure of the wreck leading to complete discharge of oil to the environment.” This is rated as […]

RFA Darkdale: delicate task of preventing another Oliva disaster

Clearing oil from the wreck of the RFA Darkdale will be challenging and costly – but clearing up an environmental disaster would be worse. The Ministry of Defence is keen to avoid coping with an oil slick in mid-ocean, like the one caused near Tristan da Cunha by the loss of the MS Oliva in […]

RFA Darkdale: Mystery of the torpedo that failed to explode

The German submarine U-68 fired off four torpedoes at the RFA Darkdale, then sped quickly away to escape the attention of the gun crews positioned above Jamestown. The logbook recorded that all four struck home. But investigators from the Ministry of Defence say their examination of the wreck casts a new light on the historical […]