Island conservation: protecting global biodiversity

15 Feb 2021 18:00 - 19:30

Offshore islands are some of the most important sites on the planet for conservation, hosting an estimated 15-20% of all known mammal, bird, amphibian and plant species. Islands have also proved extremely vulnerable to human disturbance throughout history, for example through the introduction of invasive species.

Now, thanks to a range of conservation techniques pioneered in New Zealand, islands give cause for conservation optimism. In this special event, we'll be discussing a new, short film on island conservation (a link to the film will be available on this page in early February), produced by ZSL PhD student Joshua Powell with funding from the British Ecological Society, and hearing from scientists and practitioners at the forefront of island conservation. 

With speakers from ZSL, the South Georgia Heritage Trust and the RSPB, we’ll highlight the threats to island biodiversity.  Revealing how conservation science is put into practice to help protect biodiversity on remote islands in the UK Overseas Territories, we’ll discuss the ways in which conservationists and practitioners can become involved with this increasingly important field.

Please read the following information carefully:

  • This interactive online event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel, which can be found here: We will also share a direct link to the livestream nearer the event. You can Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss it!
  • The event will run from 6:00pm until 7:30pm, and will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel afterwards. 
  • There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience during the event. We will provide information on how to submit a question live on the night. Please be aware we may not be able to answer all questions.
  • There is no charge for this event, and no need to register in advance to watch the livestream.
  • If you would like to submit a question to the speakers before the event, please email it to with the event title in the Subject line.

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