West Point Island

West Point Island

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West Point Island

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West Point Island (originally known as Albatross Island; ) is one of the Falkland Islands, lying west of West Falkland. It has an area of and is run as a sheep farm by R.P. McGill of Carcass Island.

History

Like many locations around the Falkland Islands, West Point was a popular site for slaughtering seal and penguins for oil, at the turn of the 19th century. Literal overkill helped to end this industry in the area.

The island was established as a farm in the 1860s, by the Napier family.Wigglesworth, Angela. (1992) Falkland People. Pub. Peter Owen. ISBN 0-7206-0850-3

Wildlife and plantlife



Wildlife on West Point includes rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses and Commerson's dolphins. The Felton Plant, which was named after the current owner's great uncle who discovered it, also grows here. It is fairly rare in the Falkland Islands, being found only in a few locations such as Tea Island, but there is quite a lot of it here.

The island gardens have a fairly wide selection of introduced plants including roses, foxgloves, daisies, red hot pokers etc. Unusually for the Falklands, there are also a few trees. Other stands of trees can be found at Hill Cove on West Falkland and Carcass Island.

Geography

West Point Island lies off the north west point of West Falkland. It is 3.7 miles (6 km)...
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