The Falkland Islands

Falklands Nature operate in the Falkland Islands which are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf, about 300 miles (480 km) east of South America’s Patagonian coast, and about 750 miles (1200 km) from the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, at a latitude of 52°S.

The archipelago, with an area of 4700 square miles (12,000 square kilometres) comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands.

The Islands are a photographer’s paradise, with long summer days and stunning light. Whilst the Islands are rugged and wild, the relatively low threat from humans allows close encounters with many of its species.

Falklands Nature believe that the Falkland Islands are one of the best places in the world to watch wildlife. With a small population of only 3500 people, most days you are unlikely to share your wildlife-watching spot with anybody else.

The bird life on the Falkland Islands is exceptional, with approximately 213 species confirmed. Of these, 61 species are registered as breeding species. There are 2 endemic bird species and 13 endemic sub-species.

Known for its sea birds, there are the ‘big 5’ breeding species of penguin and the majestic Black-browed Albatross. The Islands commonly encounter a range of vagrant species.

Sea Lions and Elephant Seals are seen regularly, along with the occasional Fur Seal. Peale’s and Commerson’s Dolphins are also abundant. Increasing numbers of whales are now seen, particularly Sei Whales and more recently, Southern Right Whales.

The Falkland Islands are home to a surprising number of beautiful plants. Around 350 species have been record.