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The UK Overseas Territories contain some of the world’s most remarkable habitats and species, from vast coral reefs to windswept albatross islands. 

They are home to an incredible array of life, from rockhopper penguins in the South Atlantic territories, to majestic sea turtles in the Caribbean. 

The islands are under the jurisdiction of the UK, their inhabitants are British nationals, and the UK helps manage the incredible wildlife. So, while far-flung, these islands are the responsibility of the UK. 

Extinction is final. The UK Overseas Territories' last global extinction, the St Helena olive tree, was just 10 years ago. And we're working to save several more species from extinction. 

There's so much wonderful wildlife at stake in the UK Overseas Territories.

To help prevent extinctions, we need a team effort from the UK Government, communities living in the Territories, and people like you.

What we'll be doing

Every day, 100 northern rockhopper penguins are being lost. During the 19th century, there would have been millions of pairs, but less than 10 per cent are left. Sadly, 2012 was the worst year ever for rockhopper counts across all the islands. We need to do more this year to find out what is happening.

The Tristan albatross is only found in this territory, with all except two pairs nesting on Gough Island. It’s on the brink of extinction, and sadly introduced house mice eat albatross chicks alive and in total kill over half a million seabird chicks here every year. We're working on ways of getting rid of the mice.

We’re also taking steps to save the severely endangered Wilkins' bunting, which only lives on one tiny island in the entire world, Nightingale. There are only 80 pairs in existence, so we're helping them by planting more of their favourite trees.

St Helena's precious cloud forest is home to the black cabbage tree, which grows in only one place - and only 250 square metres are left. This habitat is the only place where the spiky yellow woodlouse is found. There are fewer than 50 woodlice left, living on just 20 ferns. We're creating an artificial forest canopy to keep the ferns the way the woodlice like them.

On Montserrat in the Caribbean, feral pigs are eating the eggs and hatchlings of green turtles, so with your help we're funding a member of staff to help control the pigs, which also damage the island's rainforest.

And on Henderson Island in the Pacific, Henderson lorikeets are coming under pressure from introduced rats that eat their food and perhaps their eggs and chicks. Working with Pitcairn residents, we're working out the next steps to make sure the lorikeets and other wildlife are kept safe.

Donate now

Donating online is easy and ensures that more of your money is used for conservation.

Donate now

Or you can also donate by:

Telephone: Our Membership Services team can also take donations over the phone. Call 01767 693 680, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday

Post: We can accept donations by cheque too. Please make cheques payable to The RSPB and send them to: UK Overseas Territories appeal, The RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

Our target

With your help we've raised £153,000 towards our total of £240,000

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Why we need your help

A donation will help us secure the future of species across the UK Overseas Territories.

£6could help plant a Phylica arborea tree to restore habitat for Wilkins' buntings
£15could go towards funding a metre of shade canopy for the St Helena cloud forest
£20could help buy a penguin tag to find out where they go and the threats they face