The Spirit of Shackleton – South Georgia Wildlife  -  Graham Lenton

Graham Lenton has a PhD in Ecology and has lived and worked in Malawi, Sudan and Malaysia. He has published many articles and photographs on natural history in particular birds. He will be speaking on The Spirit of Shackleton, Wildlife of South Georgia.

Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross the Antarctic via the South Pole in 1914 ended in disaster when his ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice. This is a story of Shackleton’s exploits and a visit to the remote island of South Georgia where king penguins colonies reach up to 200,00 individuals. The talk concentrates on two visits by the speaker to South Georgia where colonies of Chinstraps, Macaroni, King and Gentoo Penguins were seen together with nesting Wandering Albatross, petrels, prions, shags, gulls and terns. The old whaling station of Grytviken is visited and part of the final walk by Shackleton over the island to Stromness whaling station was also taken. Finally, two historic and rare landings on Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men had been left, made a memorable and emotional finish to the trip and talk.

In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all species and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

Website designed and built by Garganey Consulting