Volunteer Point is an impressive lowland peninsula on the north-east of mainland East Falkland. The peninsula boasts a stunning, long, white sand beach and is home to a variety of birdlife. It is a privately owned Nature Reserve and an Important Bird Area. The largest breeding group of king penguins (approximately 95%) in the islands is found here.
King Penguin numbers of pre-fledged chicks at Volunteer Point in 2021/22 was 944, an increase from 866 chicks in 2020/21, and the highest value recorded since monitoring began in 1980. The long term monitoring at this site shows periodic fluctuations with an overall upward trend. For more information on King penguins please click here Gentoo Penguins are widespread across the Falkland Islands, with Volunteer Green having 1781 breeding pairs in 2020/21. For more information on Gentoo penguins please click here (Source of information: Falkland Conservation Seabird Monitoring Report 2020/21)
- Height: 78-90 cm, Length: 85-95 cm
- Weight: 12 – 15 kg Males weigh heavier than females
- Life expectancy: 20 years in the wild
- Breeding age: 5 + years
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