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					We are looking for support for the following projects:
Many challenges face South Georgia and funding for the work is needed. The Trust has so far successfully restored the exterior of the Husvik Manger’s villa thanks to generous support from Norway and HMS ENDURANCE. A number of small projects are also underway, from the archiving of historical imagery from the SG museum, to the installation of web cameras, to the support of an annual international expedition of young persons, to monitor biodiversity and climate change. Significant funds are needed for:

South Georgia Heritage Trust
The island is one of nature’s paradises. The magnificent flora and fauna has been affected, sometimes adversely by some 200 years of man’s industry and activity. Nonetheless this has also created a rich human historical heritage upon which nature now exacts its toll. The island needs your support and help if it is to remain nature’s paradise that can be enjoyed by generations to come. If you can help, your donations would be very much appreciated.

SOUTH GEORGIA HERITAGE TRUST

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) is a charitable corporation/non-government organisation (NGO). The Trust has been created to bring public benefit to South Georgia principally by raising funds in order to: Help efforts to conserve and protect those species of indigenous fauna and flora that breed and grow on South Georgia or in the surrounding seas and raise awareness of threatened species. Assist efforts to preserve the historical heritage of South Georgia including selected historical sites of importance in order to increase international awareness of the lessons and achievements of the human history of South Georgia.

SGHT Donations
Please support South Georgia, donations can be made in the US, Norway and UK. Online donations can be made through the Trust’s website - www.sght.org - as well as information on tax advantage/deductibility. Cheques payable to “South Georgia Heritage Trust” can also be sent in Sterling, US Dollars or Norwegian Kroner to South Georgia Heritage Trust, using the form below :

Key Environmental Goals:
Restore South Georgia’s habitat by eradicating a damaging rodent population to enable insects and birds to re-establish themselves in rodent free areas. Support surveys to assess status of, and threats to, albatrosses and petrels that breed on South Georgia. Support efforts to protect South Georgia’s marine environment.

South Georgia Heritage Trust Appeal (SC 036819)
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SGHT Trustees
A board of International Trustees, independent of Government agencies, direct the Trust. Trust funds are used in pursuit of the Trust’s purposes. Trustees include UK, Norwegian, Swedish, and United States citizens. Trustees take advice from other important international institutions that have expertise and an interest in South Georgia. The Trust is registered as a charity in Scotland (SC 036819) with branches in Norway and the USA.
Right column Whalers Church at Grytviken, Seals and King Penguins at St. Andrews Bay, Macaroni Penguin colony, Iceberg off Fortuna Bay Albatross and Diaz at Grytviken, Elephant seal pups at play.

I enclose a cheque to “South Georgia Heritage Trust”
Name Address Post/Zip code Email: To make your UK contribution qualify as “Gift Aid” - please tick this box: If you wish your donation to be used for a specific purpose, please state here : To keep in touch with the SGHT and its projects please tick this box: Please send your cheque and this form to: South Georgia Heritage Trust, 23 Springfield, Dundee, DD1 4JE, UK Content and Design by Project Atlantis.

Key Heritage Goals:
Develop Discovery House, built in 1924 for the Scientific Discovery Investigations programme, to become South Georgia’s educational and exhibition centre. Preserve and restore two historic villas at Stromness, one of which was used by Sir Ernest Shackleton after his epic crossing of the island in 1916 and one that was originally at Ocean Harbour. Restore the inside of the Husvik Manager’s villa and radio shack for use by expeditions and scientists.

Cover Image by Kevin Shafer. Photographic images: S Ellis , D Nicholls, P Lurcock, S-T Lunde, G. Liddle, R Bennet.

WWW.SGHT.ORG
Scottish Charity - SC 036819

Left column: Wondering Albatross, Rodent trap, Grytviken, Discovery House Visitor Centre concept sketch, Discovery house exterior, Debris at shoreline, Leith Harbour

Background:
The island of South Georgia not only teems with wildlife, but also has a fascinating heritage. Surrounded by cold Antarctic waters rich in marine life, the island lies within the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary. This snowcovered mountainous island is a haven for millions of seabirds and seals that breed on its green tussac-fringed shores and on its offshore islands. The proliferation and density of wildlife is breathtaking. For some 200 years the island hosted first a sealing and then a whaling industry that ended in the mid 1960s. Today its rusting whaling stations are all that remain of that industrial era. Scientists first based themselves on the island in 1882; today there are two permanent research stations manned by British Antarctic Survey staff, one at King Edward Point, the other at Bird Island. In 1916 Sir Ernest Shackleton famously crossed the island to alert the world of the plight of his ill-fated expedition. He subsequently died there in 1922 and is buried on the island in the cemetery at Grytviken. In 1982 war came to the island with the Argentine invasion. Afterwards a military garrison remained until it was withdrawn in 2001.

SOUTH GEORGIA Key Sites of Interest
Visitor Site Restricted Area

The Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) was formed in 1985 as a separate British territory under a Commissioner. It had previously been part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. The Commissioner has vested in him, legal, financial and administrative authority and responsibility for the governance of the island. The Commissioner, who is concurrently Governor of the Falkland Islands, resides in Stanley, Falkland Islands. A Government Officer represents him on South Georgia.

1: Bird Island 2: Bay of Isles 3: Prince Olaf Whaling Station 4: King Haakon Bay 5: Cape Rosa 6: Annenkov Island 7: Stromness, Leith and Husvik Stations 8: Grytviken and King Edward Point 9: Godthul Whaling Station 10: St Andrews Bay 11: Royal Bay 12: Gold Harbour 13: Cooper Bay 14: Cooper Island 15: Drygalski Fjord

scientific research to inform the sustainable management of the fishery. The second income source is from visitors through landing fees. The need to make the whaling station at Grytviken safe for visitors and residents by the removal of hazardous materials and unsafe structures cost around £7m and has consumed the Government’s reserves of capital. Government income cannot possibly address the range of challenges confronting South Georgia’s unique environmental and historical resources. For this reason, a new, private, charitable - and international - entity was essential. The South Georgia Heritage Trust was formed in 2005. Its first achievement has been the restoration of the Husvik Managers Villa and Radio shack in 2005/6 using funds raised in Norway, and using Norwegian craftsmen
Bottom row from left to right:SRRS Discovery, Grytviken plan, Whale and Harpoon, South Georgia Museum exterior and interior, Antarctic Tern, Sunset at Fortuna Bay, Bull Elephant Seal, Macaroni Penguins, Cumberland Bay West, South Georgia Pipit, Rope Store - Stromness Whaling Station, Gull Lake Stream, Patagonian Toothfish, Elephant Seal pup. Top Row from left to right: Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Cooper Bay. Left Column: Whale oil awaiting shipment, Ernest Shackleton, Pegotty Bluff, Duncan Carse Survey Mapping Annakov Island. Right Column: Fishery Protection Vessel, Husvik Villa before, Villa after restoration, Young fur seals, Elephant seals at Stromness.

South Georgia is a remote island in the stormy southern seas. Its isolation makes it a particularly important location for breeding animals.

The South Georgia Museum at Grytviken was established in 1992 in the whaling manager’s villa. Today the museum is managed by the SGHT. It provides fine exhibits that display the island’s environmental and historical heritage. The Grytviken Whaling Station is open for visitors to get an impression of the process and machinery used in the whaling industry. A vibrant tourist industry brings around 4,000 to 5,000 people to visit the island each year. Annually about a dozen yachts and half as many expeditions brave the island’s potentially hostile character. The Government is responsible for the island’s environment and natural resources. Strict regulations protect the wildlife and plants ashore.

The island’s commercial fishery, which includes Antarctic krill, Icefish and Patagonian toothfish is managed by the Government in close conjunction with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The award of the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council Accreditation has influenced and validated the Government’s approach to a sustainable management of the island’s Patagonian toothfish fishery. The income to manage South Georgia comes from two sources. The first is the fishing industry with by far the largest contribution. Much of this income is reinvested in the administration of the fishery, including the provision of fishery protection patrols to ensure illegal fishing does not take place, together with


				
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