35 years on, ebony hero Charlie gets his name on the map

A strong wind blew over the party that had gathered above St Helena’s wildest cliffs to honour Charlie Benjamin as an island hero. And nearly 5,000 miles away in London, a heavy drizzle blattered against the windows of the elegant room at Kew Gardens where his daughter was getting married. Speeches at both locations recalled […]

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 […]

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 […]

£180,000 raised in battle to save rare species

An appeal for money to save threatened species in UK overseas territories – including St Helena’s spiky yellow woodlouse – has raised three quarters of its £240,000 target. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds urges would-be donors to support “a team effort” with conservationists, governments and local people. When the appeal was launched, […]

Marine teacher Beverley brings an expert in her wake

Teacher Beverley Tyson will be bringing an added extra when she turns up on St Helena: a husband who’s got the bug for museums. Beverly is arriving in August to start work as an education officer, setting up a marine science programme to help make the most of the island’s extraordinary environment. And husband Paul […]

Ascension’s fake forest is a challenge to science, says writer

When the Royal Navy first “invaded” Ascension Island, it did so not with weapons of war, but with plants – creating what is said to be the only man-made tropical forest in the world. The result is either a beacon for re-greening the planet, or a biological abomination, says writer Fred Pearce on the Yale […]

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 known surviving tree. Only one in every ten thousand pollen grains was thought likely to […]

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 St Helena is a small island, but it is still possible to lose things. Just […]

Project aims to bring island bugs back from the brink

The rediscovery of a lost St Helena leaf-hopper, not seen since 1875, came only weeks after the launch of the Bugs on the Brink project on the island. As the UK charity Buglife reports on its website, it’s almost come too late. Many of St Helena’s unique invertebrates are on the brink of extinction, with […]

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 small bellflower – and soon their may be no true specimens left. A conservation programme […]