The spectacular cliffs of Gough and Inaccessible Islands, towering above the ocean, are free of introduced mammals and home to one of the world’s largest colonies of sea birds. It is uninhabited, but hosts a South African Meteorological Station, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Create a Trip to save and organise all of your travel ideas, and see them on a map. Gough Island became a World Heritage Site in 1995 and the site was extended to become the Gough and Inaccessible Island World Heritage Site in 2004. In 1731 Captain Charles Gough discovered what was then thought another island and this was named 'Gough Island'. Gough is a complex volcanic island about 5m years old with eruptions up to 100,000 years ago on its summit of Edinburgh Peak. © The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. Over two million seabird chicks are lost from the island every year, which is pushing some highly threatened species towards extinction. Sign in to disable ALL ads. The territory is located approximately 1,300 miles (2,100 km) to the south of St. Helena. SA Agulhas , on a relief expedition, departs from Cape Town to Tristan da Cunha then onwards to Gough Island on an annual relief voyage. Gough and Inaccessible Islands. It is about 400 km (250 mi) south-east of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago (which includes Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island), 2,400 km (1,500 mi) north-east from South Georgia Island, 2,700 km (1,700 mi) west from Cape Town, and over 3,… The station is managed as part of the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) which also organises their bases on Marion Island and Antarctica. The estimated po… Gough Island, in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, needs our urgent help. The RSPB and Tristan da Cunha have developed an ambitious programme of conservation action. After completing their second overwintering season, it is now time for them to leave Gough and return home, even though the mice are still there. …one another, and the sixth, Gough, lies about 200 miles (320 km) south-southeast of the group. During the 19th century, sailors accidentally introduced the house mice to Gough Island. Gough is 13km long and 5km across at its widest points and has an area of 65 sq km. Help us secure the future of Gough Island, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Gough Island Hotels Vacation Rentals in Gough Island Gough is the second largest of the Tristan da Cunha Islands Island Group and lies 350 kms or 220 miles SSE of Tristan da Cunha. Naturally free of land predators Gough has been an idyllic nesting ground relied upon by millions of seabirds including many who breed almost nowhere else. Note that the UK has 3 remote island sites - StKilda, Henderson and Gough - added in 86, 88 and 95 respectively. The GISS left Gough in May 1956 on the South Africa Naval Frigate Transvaal which also brought a South African Meteorological Team which took over the GISS base at The Glen and first establish what has been a continuous scientific presence on the island. Link to SANAP's website Gough Island Page: 207076, Scotland no. Gough Island Tourism: Best of Gough Island. Forty-seven South Africans are among those being rescued after the geo searcher hit a rock and started taking on water on Thursday. to have fun, Gough Island Gough Island was named I. de Goncalo Alvarez on early maps. Its undisturbed nature makes it particularly valuable for biological research, which, with weather monitoring, is the only other activity permitted on the island. Tristan da Cunha is located about halfway between Cape Town , South Africa and Buenos Aires , Argentina. Get up to 100% off your flight to Gough Island when booking a Flight + Hotel. SA Agulhas, on a relief expedition, departs from Cape Town to Tristan da Cunha then onwards to Gough Island on an annual relief voyage. Michelle, Alexis and Chris with a stormy Gough Island behind: Photo: Chris Jones. Photo of the South African Meteorological Base. DURBAN – A South African research vessel, the SA Agulhas II, is making its way to Gough Island in the South Atlantic Ocean to rescue 62 seafarers who were working on a Belize-registered fishing vessel. Things to Do in Gough Island, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha: See Tripadvisor's traveller reviews and photos of Gough Island attractions. and there was confusion about the locality. Gough Island Tourism: Tripadvisor has reviews of Gough Island Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Gough Island resource. The Gough Island Scientific Survey (GISS) of 1955/56 was the first comprehensive scientific study of the island and included the first detailed map. Gough Island Tourism: Tripadvisor has reviews of Gough Island Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Gough Island resource. (Photo: John Cooper). The weather station was moved from the original site at The Glen to its current position on a plateau above Transvaal Bay in 1963. Thank you for helping build the largest language community on the internet. The only suitable landing place for boats is at Glen Anchorage in Quest Bay on the island's east coast. Their base at The Glen offered the only reliable access inland. RSPB announce programme to go ahead in 2021, Gough Island focus in Island Restoration News, Message from the Governor, Philip Rushbrook, MFV Geo Searcher Castaways on Gough Island. We hope that we will make good time, but all survivors are at the base. The Gough Island Scientific Survey. Apart from the permanent settlement on the primary island, Tristan da Cunha, and the manned weather station on Gough, the rest of the islands in the group are completely uninhabited. “The ship left Cape Town at 6:00 on Friday morning, and embarked on the three-day voyage to the Gough Island. Two endemic land birds are found: the Gough moorhen and the Gough finch. They have given the go-ahead for a £7.6 million (over $10 million USD) Gough Island Restoration Program to be carried out in 2019. Right: SA Agulhas at anchor in Transvaal Bay with its helicopter bringing cargo ashore to the base in 2008. Inaccessible, Nightingale, Middle, and Stoltenhoff are uninhabited, while a weather station is manned on Gough Island… Gough lies 350 kms (220 miles) SSE of Tristan da Cunha. Gough Island is a remote, uninhabited island in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, in the South Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,500 miles from Cape Town. On the UNESCO Website Gough Island is described as the least-disturbed major cool temperate island ecosystem in the South Atlantic, and one of the most important seabird colonies in the world. Traveling to: Gough Island : Lowest Price: Number of Airlines Serving: Airlines Serving: Number of Daily Flights: Airlines with Direct Flights: Plane Tickets To Gough Island. It is a dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The Tristan Conservation Department is active in monitoring wildlife on Gough Island - photo above shows Simon Glass with a pair of breeding Tristan Albatross on Gough Island. The shield volcano was active from about 2.5 to 0.13 million years ago. Gough Island Restoration Program Announced. Gough was visited by sealers and whalers in the 19th century when stocks were severely depleted. The site, located in the south Atlantic, is one of the least-disrupted island and marine ecosystems in the cool temperate zone. Gough Island, also known as Diego Alvarez, lies about 340 km SE of the Tristan da Cunha island group. It is a dependency of Tristan da Cunha.It is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gough and Inaccessible Islands.. Saint Helena is the UK's second-oldest dependency (overseas territory) after Bermuda. Gough Island was formally claimed in 1938 for Britain, during a visit by HMS Milford of the Royal Navy. The chicks are killed by invasive non-native house mice, inadvertently introduced to Gough by people.