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Saunders Island (Isla Trinidad) is one of the Falkland Islands, located northwest of West Falkland Island. Saunders covers a total area of approx 132 km2 (51 ml2) and is privately-owned (currently run as sheep farm).
Port Egmont (founded 1765) was the site of the first British settlement on the island (abandoned in 1774). Port Egmont is the site of UK plaque proclaiming sovereignty over the Falklands. Island's present settlement is on the east coast and has an airstrip.
There is one listed building on Saunders Island (called Stone House). Permanent structures exist outside the Settlement. They are fitted with electricity, heat and running water to serve the local tourism industry. Currently, Saunders Island is owned by Poole-Evans family maintaining their ship farm at the Settlement.
The island is designated IBA (Important Bird Area). Wildlife includes black-browed albatrosses, gentoo penguins, rockhopper penguins, Magellanic and king penguins, as well as many sea birds.
Conservation issues on Saunders Falklands include danger of fire, erosion-prone lands (close to the coast), overgrazing, presence of feral cats, rabbits, rats. Common thistle was accidentally introduced, but the plant can be eradicated. A breeding colony of southern elephant seals is at Elephant Point. Southern right whales can be occasionally seen in the bays.
Saunders Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Saunders Island Falkland Islands dock (anchor) at Saunders - port town on the eastern coast.
Port Saunders Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Saunders Island, Falkland Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|5 February, 2020|