The British Antarctic Territory is the UK’s largest Overseas Territory. It lies in Antarctica, the world's most southerly continent.

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British Antarctic Territory in a 1.5°C warmed world

The journal ‘Frontiers in Environmental Science’ recently published a paper summarising the likely changes that will happen to the Antarctic Peninsula when global temperatures rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Read the paper in full. Professor Martin Siegert of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, led the work and co-collaborators included scientists and experts from the…


Launch of the new BAT Strategy

This month sees the launch of a new 10-year strategy for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) Previous strategy The British Antarctic Territory Strategy 2014-2019 was successful in driving forward the Government’s objectives for the BAT.  A few highlights include: supporting education and outreach projects to raise awareness of BAT and the UK’s role in Antarctica;…


Macaroni Penguin Coin – 2019

Are you mad about Macaroni penguins? Have you been waiting with bated breath for this special coin? Well, wait no longer… This fifth and final coin in the five-part penguin 50p series has been released by Pobjoy Mint.  New releases such as this and others can be purchased from all good coin stockists.      …


Celebrating Midwinter’s Day 2019

Midwinter’s Day marks the mid-point of the Antarctic winter. In a tradition which goes back to the era of Scott and Shackleton, it will be celebrated by those working in the near 24-hour darkness. HM Commissioner to the British Antarctic Territory, Ben Merrick, has written to the British Antartic Survey (BAS) personnel currently stationed in…



2009: The first Antarctic Marine Protected Area was established around South Orkney Islands. The UK led international efforts through CCAMLR to protect 94,000 sq km of the Southern Ocean. The UK supports calls for greater protection within Antarctic waters. 🇦🇶#UKinAntarctica200

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birkenhead on Thursday 26th September to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the #RRSSirDavidAttenborough.

1/7 Horseshoe base (Y) stands on Horseshoe Island. It was discovered and named by the British Graham Land Expedition under John Rymill who mapped the area in the 1930s. It is named for the shape of the surrounding peaks, representing the shape of a horseshoe


1991: The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators @iaato_org was formed. We share IAATO's commitment to promote safe and environmentally responsible tourism, creating ambassadors for the continued protection of Antarctica 🇬🇧🇦🇶🚢 #UKinAntarctica200

It's pre-deployment training week here at BAS! Everyone who goes to Antarctica has to receive basic training in topics as broad as first aid, survival in extreme temperatures, emergency dentistry and how to dress for the cold.

The #NewPolarShip RRS Sir David Attenborough's official naming ceremony will take place on the 26th of September at the @CammellLaird shipyard. For more info & to book your free tickets 👉

1985: Scientists from @BAS_News discovered the Ozone Hole over Halley & Faraday stations. The resulting Montreal Protocol prompted a slow recovery in the ozone layer over Antarctica, demonstrating the power of global action to protect the environment 🇬🇧🇦🇶 #UKinAntarctica200

Two new Magistrates were welcomed into the #BritishAntarcticTerritory family yesterday @BAS_News. All the best to Mike and Ali! Find out more about us at

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