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Protecting the Peak and Point of St Helena

This week we’re pleased to publish a guest post by Martina Peters. She’s a young Saint who joined the National Trust through Enterprise St Helena’s apprenticeship programme. Today she’s a Trainee Project Manager.

Loveridges Hoverfly by Roger Key

Loveridges Hoverfly by Roger Key

St Helena is one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands and because of this, holds immense ecological importance. Over the last 3 years I’ve been studying and helping to maintain St Helena’s habitat thanks to The Darwin Project funded by DEFRA’s Darwin Initiative. The main focus of the project is to protect two of the island’s ecological important sites: High Peak and Blue Point.

High Peak

Credit to Mark Lavaud

Credit to Mark Lavaud

This is part of the central peaks cloud forest, supporting many wetland and high altitude species. Our challenge is to prevent evasive species and rodents from killing endemic plants and invertebrates. This includes protecting the critically endangered Spiky Yellow Woodlouse, whose whole world population is just in this area. Any drastic changes to this habitat could see the extinction of this rare and beautiful creature.

Blue Point

The Peaks from Mount Pleasant

There is also Blue Point which features the last remaining wild Ebony, an island plant once thought to be extinct in the wild. It is also home to many other endemic plants, including the last remaining Scrubwood habitat. Over the years most of these endemics were on the verge of extinction due to invasive animals such as goats and rabbits.

The Darwin Project is worth supporting! It doesn’t just help train apprentices but also gets fellow Saints involved, as well as teaching the importance of nature to primary school children. As always we’re tremendously grateful for the participation of Saints and businesses, especially all the work experience students from Prince Andrew School.

3 Responses

  • Reginald Mason

    It is very encouraging to read of the very special programme that will protect this very special
    You deserve all the support and I trust that those who are able, will give you the on-going support.
    Best Wishes

  • PETER-HUGO Mcclure

    Greetings…I am a Independent Artist and hope to visit the Island of St Helena before the end of the year!
    I wonder if the people of St Helena know who “St. Helena” was…for those who do not know the answer is:
    She was Constantine The Great’s Mother & was born in what is today SERBIA…And Constantine became a Roman Emperor on the death of his Father (Constantus) in York, England; the “Second City” of the Roman Empire at the time…
    So that’s enough of History…It is my sincerest desire to visit St Helena and hopefully build a modest home/studio…and with the grace of God do the best work of my career. When I tell people of my desire they say how could you live in such an isolated place and I answer very easily when you have a lot of work to do and in my case that is: writing, image-making and other artistic endeavours (which includes chess)…in addition I am a builder with over 40 yrs experience and I really enjoy building work…In conclusion I know I will have lots of work of all kinds to do on The Island.
    Any body on the planet may peruse my work at:
    The photo below was taken in The Southern Alps in New Zealand and is entitled: “Excalibur”…I spent 10 yrs. in NZ off & on where I took may photos, wrote many poems, painted many pictures and played chess at every opportunity…HERE’S LOOKING AT EU-CLID, Pete McClure.

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