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Wonders of Gough Island

View from South Peak, Gough Island
View from South Peak, Gough Island / Chantal Steyn, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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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).

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Biological wonders

Gough Island ecosystem

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 the UNESCO World Heritage list (since 1995) as a part of the monument "Gough and Inaccessible Islands". Thus the ecosystem of the whole Gough Island represents a landmark.

On the island live two species of endemic birds and 12 endemic species of plants. Here are breeding 22 species of birds. Walking on the island is very hard – the terrain is very steep and vegetation almost impenetrable.

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

Gough Island has a spectacular landscape – with high cliffs, numerous waterfalls, countless seabirds.

Vegetation of Gough Island. In the forefront - tree fern Blechnum palmiforme, in the background - Phylica arborea trees

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