is one of the main reasons for visiting the Falkland Islands as well as gaining an appreciation for these wild, untouched habitats. Traditionally, the islands were very farming orientated, but with the help of Falklands Conservation
, awareness and appreciation of wildlife has taken hold of islanders, and also tour operators visiting the islands, with many local guides available to lead you to the likes of the sea lion colonies, elephant seals, five species of penguin and 200 species of birds,
including the endemic Cobb’s wren and the flightless steamer duck. Whales and dolphins are, of course, the icing on the cake.
One doesn’t really associate the Falklands with island hopping and, with over 700 of them, it would take another Darwin to discover them all. He visited here in the 1830s for a zoological study, and must have been as amazed by the white beaches and eponymous inhabitants of Sealion Island, the birdlife on Carcass Island , including the somewhat vicious straited cara-caras, known locally as "Johnny Rooks", that take no prisoners, and may have something to do with the island’s name. Or Bleaker Island with three species of penguin, imperial cormorants, southern giant petrels as well as the rare flying steamer duck inland. A tailor made trip to the Falkland Islands
will help you seek out your favourite island idylls.