5 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
This isolated, low-lying island off the south-east coast of East Falkland has wide sandy bays and sheltered coves – it is small and flat, so walking between bird colonies is easy. Of interest is its large colony of rockhopper penguin (over 750 pairs), and its many pools are home to large numbers of waterfowl.
Ideal for viewing: Gentoo penguin, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Rockhopper penguin, Striated caracara
Named after the survey vessel on which Horatio Nelson served, the owners of the island avoided introducing cats and rats, meaning that the wildlife has no predators and are approachable. Devil’s Nose is home to 2,000 breeding pairs of blackbrowed albatross and 500 pairs of rockhopper penguins, an amazing sight.
Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Gentoo penguin, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Striated caracara
One of the largest in the West Falklands, Pebble Island combines grassy plains and wetlands in the east with moorlands and mountains in the west. Its sandy beaches and rocky cliffs provide shelter to sealions and penguins – it is the only place in the Falklands where the erect-crested penguin has been seen.
Ideal for viewing: Black-necked swan, Erect-crested penguin, South American sealion, Peregrine falcon, Commerson’s dolphin
Saunders Island is the second largest island and it was the site of the first British settlement in 1765. The north of the island is made up of two peaks, divided by a thin strip of sand known as the Neck which is considered one of the best wildlife sites of the Falklands. The Neck is home to large colonies of magellanic and gentoo penguins.
Ideal for viewing: Black-browed albatross, King shag, King penguin, Falkland steamer duck, Gentoo penguin
Excellent for: Birdwatching, Penguin watching
The most southerly inhabited island, featured in many prize-winning photos, is only eightkms long, so easy to explore. Much is covered with tussock grass, creating a perfect habitat for colonies of elephant seal and sealions. The sandy beaches, cliffs, freshwater ponds and heathland are home to 47 bird species.
Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Leopard seal, Orca, South American sealion, Sooty shearwater
Excellent for: Whale watching, Birdwatching
1 recommended location for extending your wildlife trip.
The islands’ capital is located on East Falkland around a picturesque harbour, and is a lively small, historic town, with a distinctly British feel. It’s a pleasant place to relax for a few days. There are several places you can walk to, and local guides offer trips to wildlife and battlefield sites.