Bluff Cove News
Bluff Cove starred in both series of the BBC’s Island Parish – Falklands. Due to popular demand the BBC has recently repeated both series on BBC2.
Peter Gibbs and producer Matthew Teller meet Hattie and Kevin Kilmartin, Falkland Islands farmers with 35,000 acres of sheep grazing who have diversified into penguin tourism.
We have been very lucky to have had TV wildlife presenters Steve Backshall and Nigel Marven down at Bluff Cove Lagoon (Toby was very happy!) Nigel has now visited us three times! Jane McDonald filmed “Cruising with Jane McDonald” at Bluff Cove Lagoon last season. TV celebrity chef Phil Vickery and Chilean TV Entrechef Christian Correa have also visited us.
Bluff Cove Lagoon Tours has just been awarded “Best Wildlife Tour Company 2017 – Falkland Islands” in the LUX magazine Hospitality Awards.
Every year we are delighted to welcome back veterans of the 1982 war and to have the opportunity to express our gratitude. This year we have hosted the Welsh Guards and the Gunners.
Conservation is very important to us. We are very proud that the Bluff Cove Lagoon King penguin colony continues to grow.
Leucistic penguins are rare. They are ostracized by their penguin kin due to their unusual colouration – they are partially albino.
The Falkland Island Government held a Referendum in 2013 where we showed the world our desire to remain British (99.8% in favour); journalists galore arrived in the islands, though during Prince William’s helicopter posting here we had come accustomed to the world’s media.
We have built a new road down the side of a stone-run, next to Argentine positions from 1982, to reduce our off-road journey time and to add to the comfort of our guests.
We know the fabulous wildlife of the Falklands is very vulnerable. The major threat over the previous centuries has been Man, the predator, in the quest for oil from birds and animals. Now man-made disasters remain the major threat.