Island highs and lows
Clare Stringer, Head of our UKOTs unit, reports on mixed fortunes in the Territories.
"In 2012, numbers of breeding northern rockhopper penguins at Tristan da Cunha and Gough were very low. In 60 years, they've declined by more than 90 per cent.
We're working together with the island's conservation team to monitor this, and try to find the cause and if there is a way we can aid their recovery. Your loyal support enables us to do this important research.
We've had some other worrying news from Tristan da Cunha. Divers have found that invasive mussels have become established. If they have a negative impact on juvenile lobsters they could devastate the island’s economy, which depends on its lobster fishery for 80 per cent of its income.
Better news for Montserrat orioles
In Montserrat there's better news. Numbers of Montserrat orioles seem to be stabilising – great news for a bird that last year had an estimated global population of just 765.
A busy few months lie ahead in the Territories, with research trips to Gough and Henderson planned, and projects starting in Anguilla and Cayman.
Thank you for your support."
- Clare Stringer, Head of our UKOTs unit
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