Bertha's Beach

Qualifying bird species Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua
Qualifying bird species Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum
Qualifying bird species the endemic Falkland Steamer Duck Tachyeres brachydactyla
Qualifying bird species Tussac Bird (Blackish Cinclodes) Cinclodes antarcticus antarcticus
Qualifying mammal species South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens (pup shown)
Qualifying plant species Coastal Nassauvia Nassauvia gaudichaudii
Qualifying plant species Silvery Buttercup Hamadryas argentea
Qualifying plant species Smooth Ragwort Senecio vaginatus
Wetland Type A - shallow marine waters with Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii
Wetland Type D - intertidal rocky shore with resting South American tern Sterna hirundinacea
Wetland Type E - low sand dunes with feeding White-rumped sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Wetland Type J - Coastal Brackish Lagoon
Wetland Types A & E - shallow marine waters and pebble shores

Bertha's Beach

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Overseas territories)
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  • Area: 
    3,000 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°54'S 58°24'W
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The Site features a dynamic sandy beach, and significant areas of shallow marine water, reefs to the south-east and sheltered marine lagoons to the north. It is a representative example of Falkland coastal wetland types, including beach, small lakes, shallow marine ecosystems and tussac islands. It supports a broad range of Falkland birds and plants, including the endemic Falkland steamer duck (Tachyeres brachypterus) and other endemic sub-species of waterfowl, as well as gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) colonies. Among its plants is the endemic and globally endangered vanilla daisy (Erigeron incertus). Grazing by sheep has led to impoverishment of the native flora, and in some instances to erosion of the thin soils. At Bertha’s Beach pilot studies are being carried out on improving techniques for plant species introduction. The area has enormous potential for conservation education for military and civilian visitors.

Administrative region: 
East Falkland

  • National legal designation: 
    • none
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