Rare island woodlouse is ‘just hanging on’, says expert

St Helena’s unique Spiky Yellow Woodlouse species is struggling to survive, a comment by visiting expert Dr Roger Key has suggested. The plight of the “amazing little creature” was noted back in 2003, when Dr Rebecca Cairns-Wicks of St Helena National Trust said it was “not as common as it was just ten years ago”. […]

Armageddon for island’s rats: but not on St Helena

Twenty five men and women are spending months camping out on ice-covered South Georgia on what’s been called “the world’s biggest rat cull”. It is being led by zoologist Anthony Martin, dubbed the Pied Piper, who hopes to poison millions of the rats that have been killing seabirds for 200 years on St Helena’s sister territory […]

‘World’s best’ boutique hotel group explores island

The heads of a hotel group that won five awards in the tourism “Oscars” have arrived on St Helena to investigate its potential. The Mantis Collection was named World’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotels Collection in the World Travel Awards 2012. It also won top prizes in four other categories, including one for a Swedish hotel carved entirely out of […]

Profile: luxury tourism pioneer with an eye on St Helena

Adrian Gardiner, founder of the Mantis Collection of hotels and “eco-escapes”, including private wildlife reserves, has travelled to St Helena after years of cajoling by island tourism bosses. But who is he? In an article reproduced on the Mantis Collection’s website, founder Adrian Gardiner says his company’s mission statement is “conserving a vanishing way of life.” […]

Kew advises “little and often” regime to protect ancient trees

Care of historic trees on St Helena has been improved on advice from experts at Kew Gardens in London, says the island government. Concern was raised about a 200-year-old tree in Jamestown after the Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate gave a routine warning that it might need to be cut down during maintenance work. St Helena Government says guidance has […]