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Vegetation of Gough Island
Vegetation of Gough Island. In the forefront - tree fern Blechnum palmiforme, in the background - Phylica arborea trees / Steven Chown, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.5

Gough Island is a part of British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, dependency of Tristan da Cunha (under jurisdiction of United Kingdom).

This small and remote island is one of the least disrupted ecosystems in the cool temperate zone of the world and as such is included in UNESCO World Heritage list (since 1995) as a part of the monument "Gough and Inaccessible Islands". Thus the ecosystem of Gough Island respresents a landmark.

On the island live two species of endemic birds and 12 endemic species of plants.

Gough island has spectacular landscape - with high cliffs, numerous waterfalls, countless seabirds. Here are breeding 22 species of birds. Walking on the island is very hard - terrain is very steep and vegetation almost impenetrable.

On the island breed 48% of the northern rockhopper penguins (Edyptes chrysocome moseleyi), 3 millions Puffinus gravis, this island is the last refuge of several sea bird species.

List of described attractions

Map of Gough Island

Recommended books:

Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island

Islands Beyond the Horizon

The remote island has held an enduring place in our collect imaginations, as a spur to our wanderlust and as the inspiration for such classic tales as Robinson Crusoe. Now, in this attractively illustrated volume--filled with numerous photographs and an eight-page color section--Roger Lovegrove has gathered, for the first time, the stories of twenty of the most remote islands in the world.

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