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Wetlands Project – Latest News

31 March 2022

The project officially ends with a final public talk; however, some of the work will continue over the next few months, and we hope to maintain the data logging stations for many years to come.

28 March 2022

The Wetlands Project hosts a training session on wetlands indicator monitoring. The training report is available here and the full indicator monitoring report can be found here.

18 March 2022

Wetlands PM Steffi Carter presents at the Environmental Business Symposium on the Science behind Carbon Offsetting in a Falkland Islands context

17 March 2022

The Falkland Islands Community School (FICS) has invited SAERI to prepare a session for Careers Days, through which the students can get a better understanding what work as a scientist involves.

The Wetlands project tasks the students to investigate samples from three local ponds by measuring pH and conductivity and identifying freshwater invertebrates

7 March 2022

Katy starts her gas flux measurements!!

2 February 2022

The projects Wetlands Symposium takes place, which includes presentations from all project partners and a discussion workshop around wetlands issues in the Falkland Islands. You can read the full report here

Question time at the Wetlands Symposium

27 January 2022

Project partner Chris Evans and peatland PhD student Katy Ross arrive in the Falklands.

16 December 2021

The Wetlands Project says thank you and farewell to volunteer Mark Horne

A huge THANK YOU to #FalklandWetlands volunteer Mark Horne who joined for three trips and did an amazing job writing,…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Friday, 17 December 2021


7 to 10 December 2021

Wetlands Fieldwork around North Camp

We’ve had the final week of fieldwork before the Christmas break which was also the last fieldwork week for…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Monday, 20 December 2021


6 December 2021

Another field trip with FICS’s new year 7 takes us back to Surf Bay to investigate rocky shores and sandy shores for the students to gain their CREST Bronze Award. Please read more here

Back in December 2021, SAERI scientists had the pleasure of assisting with the Falklands Islands Community School…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Thursday, 27 January 2022


23 to 26 November 2021

The Wetlands Project heads to the West for more fieldwork.

Last week’s #FalklandWetlands fieldwork at Lafonia was all about native fish – zebra trout (more in an upcoming post!)…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Friday, 3 December 2021

In the Falkland Islands we have three native fish species: Falklands minnow (Galaxias maculatus) and two species of zebra trout (Aplochiton spp.). Non-native brown trout (Salmo trutta) have been spreading across the Falklands since their introduction in the middle of the 20th century; unfortunately, at the cost of our native zebra trout species. Their range has contracted much and they now only exist in a few stronghold areas. Locations where zebra trout were present in past surveys are indicated with black dots on the map. One of their strongholds is Lafonia and the #FalklandWetlands field team was very lucky to come across some individuals during recent fieldwork at North Arm. The two species of zebra trout – Aplochiton zebra and Aplochiton taeniatus – are very difficult to tell apart on appearance; we therefore do not know which of the two species we caught on camera, but we do know it was a fully-grown adult at a length of 27 cm. Darwin Initiative Falkland Islands Government UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Tuesday, 7 December 2021


9 to 12 November 2021

The Wetlands Project heads to the West for more fieldwork.

A fabulous few days on the West for the #FalklandWetlands project. Many thanks go to Chartres, Harps, Stoney Ridge,…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Friday, 19 November 2021


28 & 29 October 2021

The second field season begins with fieldwork at Fitzroy and Bluff Cove.

The second field season for our Darwin funded #FalklandWetlands project began last week with fieldwork at Fitzroy Farm…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Wednesday, 3 November 2021


19 October 2021

Project Manager Steffi Carter presents data from greenhouse gas flux measurements at Wireless Ridge at the second Peaty Pals meeting


20 July 2021

The Wetlands Project receives confirmation for funding from the John Cheek Trust for the eDNA element of the project


14 July to 1 August 2021

The Wetlands Project’s eDNA fieldwork takes place. Please view the fieldwork report here.


8 July 2021

Project Manager Steffi Carter presents the project to members of the RBA and encourages a discussion around ‘ditching’.


4 July 2021

The Wetlands Project joins the SAERI stall at the Farmer’s Week expo and highlights the diversity of freshwater invertebrates in Yorke Bay Pond on Stanley Common.


30 June 2021

Our last logger station is deployed!.

Our #FalklandWetlands Project has now deployed its sixth and final logger station at Gibraltar Station. We also combined…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Wednesday, 7 July 2021


27 May 2021

The Wetlands PM takes part in the AEOA Science Symposium and discusses the Soil Mapping Project.



13 May

The Wetlands PM takes part in SAERI’s school outreach to explore the life on rocky shores and sandy shores (Ramsar Wetlands categories) for Year 7 students to gain their CREST Bronze Award.

Well, we certainly lucked out with the weather for the Falkland Islands Community School’s (FICS) Year 7 Science…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Monday, 24 May 2021


10 and 14 April

The Wetlands PM visits the MOD’s Mount Pleasant Complex for a family field event to explore life in Sand Pond; which was followed four days later by an evening talk about both the Soil Mapping project and the Wetlands Project.

Throwback to a few months ago on a windy #Falklands day when our #FalklandWetlands project teamed up with BFSAI…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Friday, 9 July 2021


6 and 7 April 2021

The Wetlands Project hosts year 10 work experience student Gerryn and takes him out into the field and into the lab.

Last week was the Falkland Islands Community School’s Year 10 work experience week. We had the pleasure of hosting…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Well, we certainly lucked out with the weather for the Falkland Islands Community School’s (FICS) Year 7 Science…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Monday, 24 May 2021


31 March 2021

The main fieldwork season is completed with a trip to Weddell and Bleaker Island and the long-term monitoring aspect of the projects starts with the deployment of loggers on Weddell and on Bleaker.

#FalklandWetlands fieldwork was all about the streams on Weddell Island – the ponds had completely dried out! We managed…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Wednesday, 31 March 2021

#FalklandWetlands finished this summer’s fieldwork on Bleaker Island. Big Pond is guaranteed to be full of #birdlife,…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Monday, 12 April 2021


15 March 2021

The Wetlands Project is discussed in the Falkland Islands Government’s Environment Committee, which is highlighted in the ‘Inside Gilbert House’ update in Penguin News.


12 March 2021

Wetlands Project Manager talks to FITV about the project and invertebrate life in Yorke Bay Pond.


5 March 2021

The Wetlands Project publishes an article in the Penguin News to address recent concerns regarding the drying out of waterbodies and to ensure that the local general public is aware of the project.


7 February 2021

The Wetlands Project starts fieldwork with a trip to the West.

Week 1 of #FalklandWetlands #fieldwork was AMAZING! We explored a river, a stream, 13 lakes and ponds and some stunning…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Friday, 12 February 2021

Our #FalklandWetlands project had super start to the fieldwork programme. Not only did we visit fab locations on West…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Monday, 15 February 2021


2 February 2021

The Wetlands Project celebrates ‘World Wetlands Day’

Today we are celebrating #WorldWetlandsDay! But what is a wetland? According to The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands –…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Tuesday, 2 February 2021

There are an absolute abundance of inland #wetlands here in the #Falklands, such as Moody Brook, an acidic peaty stream…

Posted by SAERI – South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute on Tuesday, 2 February 2021


12 January 2021

The Wetlands Project holds its third project management group meeting (minutes).


22 December 2020

The Wetlands Project receives confirmation for funding from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust for the eDNA element of the project.


8 October 2020

Project Manager Steffi Carter joins the Wetlands Project and holds the second project management group meeting (minutes).


2 July 2020

The Wetlands Project holds its first project management group meeting (minutes).