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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…

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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;…

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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.      …

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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…

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Gentoo Penguin Coin – 2019

The fourth coin in the five-part Penguin 50p series has been released by Pobjoy Mint, and features the Gentoo penguin. You can get your hands on the coin direct from Pobjoy Mint while stocks last or from all good coin stockists. About Gentoo penguins are the fastest underwater swimmer of all the penguins and also have…

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Marine Navigation – Place Names

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on areas relating to navigation in Antarctic waters. RRS Ernest Shackleton has been a core part of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operations for the last 20 years and left BAS service at the end of April. The…

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Emperor Penguin Coins – 2019

Two new coins featuring Emperor Penguins have been launched by Pobjoy Mint this month.  Now we all love the conventional Easter icons – a rabbit here, a baby chicken there, but why not go alternative this Easter and p-p-p pick-up these new delightful coins. New releases such as this and others can be purchased from…

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Supporting The Royal British Legion

To mark the end of World War One, we issued a commemorative postage stamp set highlighting the role played by Ernest Shackleton’s men who, against all the odds, returned from the ill-fated Trans-Antarctic Expedition to serve their country. Thanks to the sales of those stamps, we have donated a total of £1,000 to The Royal British…

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Arrowsmith Peninsula

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on an area which honours a number of prominent glaciologists – Arrowsmith Peninsula. John F Nye (1923-2019) was a prominent figure in the field of glaciology. He was the first to apply plasticity to understand glacier…

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Chinstrap Penguin Coin – 2019

The second coin in the five-part Penguin 50p series has been released by Pobjoy Mint, and features the Chinstrap penguin. You can get your hands on the coin direct from Pobjoy Mint while stocks last or from all good coin stockists. About Chinstraps are so called due to the band of dark feathers under the chin which…

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