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Checking Islands For Rats Popular

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Join Sammy, the rodent detector dog, as he sniffs around the Falkland Islands for rats!

Rodents were introduced to the Falklands by man and cause problems for ground-nesting birds. In recent years efforts have been made to stop the spread of rodents to islands they haven't reached and to eradicate them from islands they have colonized.  

Great and Tickle islands were eradicated in 2016 and to confirm their status as rodent-free, Samurai took a trip out with his handler.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 15, 2020.


 

COVID-19: Testing in the Falkland Islands Part One Popular

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What is the approach to COVID-19 testing in the Falkland Islands? 

The equipment needed to test for COVID-19 wasn't available to the Falklands until May. But what does that mean and why couldn't testing be done on the Islands before? Kim Finlayson is the Laboratory Manager of the only hospital in the Falklands. She talks through the principles and specifics of testing for the virus in her lab.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 28, 2020


 

COVID-19: Testing In The Falkland Islands Part Two Popular

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What's the difference between sensitivity and specificity when talking about COVID-19 testing?

The Falkland Islands will soon be rolling out surveillance testing. But why? Laboratory Manager, Kim Finlayson, explains and talks through when we can expect to see antibody testing being carried out in the Islands. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 29, 2020


 

Creating A Soil Map Of The Falkland Islands Popular

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The Falklands is known for peat, but how much of it makes up the Islands?

Dr Stephanie Carter has been working on creating soil maps for the Falkland Islands. For the past two years she has visited over 200 sites and created multiple maps of all the different soil compositions. Dr Carter talks about the classification methods used and answers the burning question; just how much peat is in the Falklands?

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on August 13, 2020


 

Habitat Restoration on Middle Island Popular

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Can erosion be stopped on an island?

Middle Island is owned by Falklands Conservation and was badly burned by fire a few decades ago. The fire left the peat soil with no vegetation to protect it from drying out and blowing away. Falklands Conservation has attempted to halt this process by planting a barrier of tussac grass on the eroded land. With help from Georgia Seafoods and the Conservation group of British Forces South Atlantic, volunteers planted grass over five days.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on October 5, 2020.


 

Of Sponges and Scientists Popular

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Did you know a sponge has a skeleton?

Research scientist and sponge aficionado, Claire Goodwin, shares what makes these animals fascinating. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 2, 2019


 

Sea Anemones in Southern Seas Popular

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Metridium is a sea anemone commonly found in the northern hemisphere, so why can it be found in southern seas?

Heather Glon is the recipient of a Shackleton Scholarship to study the biodiversity of anemones found all over the islands and metridium is her speciality subject. Listen as she goes rock pooling with a local children’s group and helps them identify different marine species found in the shallow waters of the Falkland Islands. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on November 14, 2020


 

South Georgia Right Whale Project Popular

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Members of the South Georgia Right Whale Project share their experience of working in the antarctic. 

The project is a dedicated population survey of southern right whales, in their feeding grounds off South Georgia, since whaling ceased in the 1970s. The scientists aim to find out how many southern right whales use these waters and where and what they are feeding on. They are also measuring the genetic diversity and health status of the population. The surveys use advanced acoustics to locate whales. The team then take photographs for photo-identification, collect skin samples, and attach satellite tags to identify and track them. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on February 19, 2020


 

Southern Blue Whiting Research Cruise 2019 Popular

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Director of Natural Resources, John Barton, talks about the joint Southern Blue Whiting Cruise of 2019.

The purpose of the scientific cruise is to estimate the abundance of the Southern blue whiting reproductive population, improve the knowledge on reproductive and biologic aspects of the species and verify the drift of the first stages of development (eggs and larvae) in the area to the south of the San Carlos Strait/Falklands Sound.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on 5 September, 2019


 

World Albatross Day 2020 Popular

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The first World Albatross Day was celebrated this year to honour these birds and highlight the conservation crisis they face.

The Falkland Islands is home to around 70% of the world's population of black browed albatross and in the late 90s, the species was in decline. Today, the population is stable with around 500,000 breeding pairs. What has the Falkland Islands done to achieve that?

This documentary highlights the action and collaboration between government, researchers, and the fishing industry that has branded the species a conservation success.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 19, 2020  

Photograph by Megan Tierney