Tristan da Cunha Conservation News
News and reports from the Tristan da Cunha Government's Conservation Department.

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The Tristan da Cunha Conservation Department leads work to protect the islands' wildlife and control alien invasive species.
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Kieran Glass to make Ocean Pledge at New York UNESCO event

Tristan Islander travels to New York for World Ocean Day representing the Gough and Inaccessible Island World Heritage Site
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Talk in London by RSPB's Alex Bond on 12th June 2017

Opportunity to attend a free BOC talk on Gough Island by the RSPB's Alex Bond
on Monday 12th June 2017 at 6.30pm.

The BOC meet upstairs at The Barley Mow, 104 Horseferry Road, Westminster, SW1P 2EE.
The nearest tubes are Victoria, Pimlico and St James's Park.
The 507 bus, which runs frequently from Victoria to Waterloo, stops very nearby.

Talk by Alex Bond - Gough Island - an unnatural history of mice and birds.

Abstract: Nestled 2800 km from any continent, the islands of Tristan da Cunha are among the most remote in the world, and have some unique avian biodiversity. But this biodiversity is under threat, particularly at Gough Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and arguably one of the crown jewels of seabird islands. Though uninhabited, house mice were introduced in the late 19th century, and now wreak havoc on the native biota. On Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world, at least three species have gone locally extinct in the last 200 years. I will provide a history of ornithological exploration on the islands, and focus on our research demonstrating the negative effects of introduced mice on Gough's seabirds, as well as what we can do (and are doing) about it. We can still save the unique biodiversity of Gough Island, but must act fast or risk losing some of the extraordinary “British” birds.

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross—the species most at threat from the 'super-mice' on Gough Island.

Biography: Dr Alex Bond is a Senior Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science. He leads the RSPB's programme of scientific research on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, and works elsewhere in the UK Overseas Territories (mostly the Pitcairn Islands) on island restoration, demography and marine conservation. He is also an Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, where he works on issues of marine pollution, primarily plastics. He has worked on island systems in eastern Canada, the Aleutians, South Atlantic, South Pacific, Hawaii, and Tasman Sea, among others, and currently supervises 6 research staff and 6 research students spread around the globe. His website is

Video of 'Pristine Seas' Work at Tristan

A video trailer has been released of the 'Pristine Seas' expedition's work in the Tristan islands.
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Three Elephants Seals on Boatharbour Beach

Three elephant seals were seen on the beach at Boatharbour Bay on 30th March 2017.
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Swallow sighted at Tristan

A swallow was observed flying over the Tristan Settlement on 21st March 2017
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Tristan waters provide refuge for near-threatened blue sharks

Pristine Seas Expedition discovers evidence of large numbers of blue sharks in Tristan waters
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Saint Mary’s school and Conservation Department Tree Planting

School students have helped plant two coniferous pine sapplings to replace a mature tree that was destroyed by a storm.
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St Mary's School party's day with expedition team

A party from St Mary's School Tristan da Cunha spent the day aboard the Pristine Seas Expedition ship SVS Grenville on 2nd February.
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