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Britain's Treasure Islands

Royal Geographical Society - 1 Kensington Gore, London, United Kingdom

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Description

Wildlife of the UK Overseas Territories: Britain's remotest outposts scattered across all Seven Seas

When: Thursday March 24th 6:45pm-10:00pm

Where: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR, United Kingdom

Ondaatje Theatre (Exhibition Road doors open at 6:00pm presentations start at 6:45pm)

Programme:

6.00pm: doors open.

6:45-6.55: Speaker from UK Overseas Territory [TBC]: Introduction

6:55-7.05: Video of wildlife of the UK Overseas Territories

7:05-8.25: Stewart McPherson's lecture

8.25-8.30: 5 minute video of TV series

8.30-8:40: Dr Mike Pienkowski, UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum: overview and conservation

8:40-9.00: Q & A in lecture theatre

9:00pm onwards: Mingle in lecture theatre and map room (bar available in latter)

Overview:

The UK Overseas Territories are Britain's most remote outposts. Scattered across all Seven Seas, they cover an area seven times the size of the British Isles. They are home to 350,000 British subjects, thousands of unique species and many of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth...

...yet few know that the territories even exist or remain part of the United Kingdom today... even fewer appreciate these islands' natural and cultural treasures.

Join explorer and filmmaker Stewart McPherson for an evening's intrepid journey across all of Britain's overseas lands. Travel with him from the equator to the South Pole, from lush tropical atolls in coral seas, to active volcanoes and windswept Antarctic islands.

Stewart will recount stories and highlights from filming a 4-part documentary series (broadcast on the BBC and across the world).

He will reveal the territories' most amazing wildlife spectacles; from some of the biggest penguin, turtle and seal colonies to the most pristine coral reefs on the planet.

And their fascinating human history; from the world's most remote settlements, to the mutiny on the Bounty to the imprisonment of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Along the way, Stewart will share some of the trials of his three year, 70,000 km journey on RAF military flights, one of the last working Royal Mail ships, trawlers, freighters, ice breakers and private charter yachts.

Guest speakers from across the territories share their insights on these incredible islands and the globally important wildlife that they harbour.


Come for a unique evening to discover an incredible secret side of the United Kingdom. One that you never knew existed!


This event is organised in association with the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum. All ticket proceeds will go towards protecting and promoting the territories.

Tickets are £10. £8 concessions (RGS members/Friends of the UK Overseas Territories/Seniors & Students). Enquiries to cwensink@ukotcf.org

Seats will not be allocated in advance.

A cash bar will be open from 9-10pm where refreshments can be purchased.


Location

1 Kensington Gore, London, United Kingdom