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Gough Island Team 63 - When pictures can speak a thousand words

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

Gough Team 63 left Cape Town on the 7th September, it felt like an age the team being on the SA Aghulas II. After nearly a week of being on the boat, Tristan da Cunha is insight, here to offload the Tristan passengers and the cargo that are onboard, also need to load up equipment for Nightingale Island. This is a 60 hour stopover.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Kate taking in the view of Tristan da Cunha

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Helicopter slinging cargo to Tristan da Cunha

Photo:  Gough Team 63 on Tristan da Cunha

Off to explore Tristan da Cunha taking advantage of the hours there before heading back on the boat to Nightingale Island.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Fabrice and Kate off on foot on Tristan da Cunha for a day of sightseeing.

A good day on Tristan da Cunha. Back on the boat for a day to Nightingale Island to offload personnel and equipment

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Kate on the monkey bridge on the rough seas.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Southern Giant Petrel flying by Nightingale Island.

On every misty day staring at the horizon waiting, longing for the view to change, finally on the 16th September an island in the distance emerged, Gough Island insight - Land ahoy!

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland

The stern deck of the SA Aghulas II while on route to Gough Island.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland.

Grabbing a quick chance to do some bird watching.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Kate and Fabrice bird watching on route to Gough Island

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - View of The Glen - Gough Island.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaimie Cleeland - Kate in front of The Glen at Gough Island

Now they just need to disembark and offload all the cargo...........................................


The Gough Island Restoration Programme is being carried out by the RSPB in partnership with Tristan da CunhaBirdLife South Africa and the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa.

The programme is part-funded by the RSPB, the UK government, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and other generous individuals and organisations.

If you would like to support our efforts to save the Critically Endangered Tristan albatross and Gough bunting, please get in touch or you can donate using our online form

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