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General Info

Pebble Island is one of the Falkland Islands, lying north of West Falkland. It is probably named after the peculiarly spherical pebbles found at its western tip..

What To See

The numerous small ponds on this island make it an excellent destination for birders. Large colonies of rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins, magellanic penguins and imperial cormorants are found along the coasts, while turkey vultures, black necked swans, and other species can be found among the ponds.. In addition to wildlife, the island was the site of major combat during the Falklands war, with several memorials and some plane wreckage serving as reminders of the conflict.. Elephant Beach - This four mile long sand beach is longest sand beach in the Falklands. It is a ten minute walk to the northeast of the lodge. Falkland Islands steamer ducks are often seen on the beach, and Peale's dolphins are regularly seen offshore..

Big Pond - One of the largest ponds on the island, Big Pond is located approximately one mile east of the lodge along the main landrover trail. The pond is one of the deeper ponds on the island and therefore attracts a variety of diving birds, including white tufted grebes.. When float planes were commonly used in the islands a dock on the western side of this pond was in frequent use, and numerous birds can now be found perched on its remains.. HMS Coventry Memorial - Located on a hill a few miles west of the lodge, this memorial is for a ship that was sunk during the 1982 conflict approximately ten miles offshore..

Northwest Coast - The northern shore of the far western side of the island is home to a very large rockhopper penguin colony. This colony has become a favorite among bird watchers due to a very lost erect crested penguin (normally found only around New Zealand) who has been here for the past several years.. In addition, two pairs of macaroni penguins were nesting here in 2004, another rarity in the Falklands. In January, 2006, there was a possible Snares (or rockhopper hybrid) sighting..

What To See

The numerous small ponds on this island make it an excellent destination for birders. Large colonies of rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins, magellanic penguins and imperial cormorants are found along the coasts, while turkey vultures, black necked swans, and other species can be found among the ponds.. In addition to wildlife, the island was the site of major combat during the Falklands war, with several memorials and some plane wreckage serving as reminders of the conflict.. Elephant Beach - This four mile long sand beach is longest sand beach in the Falklands. It is a ten minute walk to the northeast of the lodge. Falkland Islands steamer ducks are often seen on the beach, and Peale's dolphins are regularly seen offshore..

Big Pond - One of the largest ponds on the island, Big Pond is located approximately one mile east of the lodge along the main landrover trail. The pond is one of the deeper ponds on the island and therefore attracts a variety of diving birds, including white tufted grebes.. When float planes were commonly used in the islands a dock on the western side of this pond was in frequent use, and numerous birds can now be found perched on its remains.. HMS Coventry Memorial - Located on a hill a few miles west of the lodge, this memorial is for a ship that was sunk during the 1982 conflict approximately ten miles offshore..

Northwest Coast - The northern shore of the far western side of the island is home to a very large rockhopper penguin colony. This colony has become a favorite among bird watchers due to a very lost erect crested penguin (normally found only around New Zealand) who has been here for the past several years.. In addition, two pairs of macaroni penguins were nesting here in 2004, another rarity in the Falklands. In January, 2006, there was a possible Snares (or rockhopper hybrid) sighting..

What To Do

Landrover tours are available from the lodge;. Full day tour to the west end of the island to see sand beaches, rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins, nesting giant petrels, and magallenic penguins.. A stop at the beach to search for the translucent pebbles from which the island gets its name, as well as the memorial for the H.M.S. Coventry (sunk during the 1982 conflict), are also included.. As of November 2004 costs were £30 per person.. Half day tour takes in the east end of the island to see black neck swans, a king cormorant colony, gentoo penguins, rockhopper penguins and magallenic penguins..

The route starts out along the longest sand beach in the Falklands and takes in a number of ponds which are home to many ducks, grebes, geese, waders and other birds.. As of November 2004 costs were £20 per person.. Drop off service is also available for those wanting to hike back to the lodge from points afield. Inquire with Jacqui and Alan as to costs for this service..

How To Get In

Nearly all visitors arrive using the government air service. The landing strip is within walking distance of the settlement and is well maintained..

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What To Do

Landrover tours are available from the lodge;. Full day tour to the west end of the island to see sand beaches, rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins, nesting giant petrels, and magallenic penguins.. A stop at the beach to search for the translucent pebbles from which the island gets its name, as well as the memorial for the H.M.S. Coventry (sunk during the 1982 conflict), are also included.. As of November 2004 costs were £30 per person.. Half day tour takes in the east end of the island to see black neck swans, a king cormorant colony, gentoo penguins, rockhopper penguins and magallenic penguins..

The route starts out along the longest sand beach in the Falklands and takes in a number of ponds which are home to many ducks, grebes, geese, waders and other birds.. As of November 2004 costs were £20 per person.. Drop off service is also available for those wanting to hike back to the lodge from points afield. Inquire with Jacqui and Alan as to costs for this service..

How To Get In

Nearly all visitors arrive using the government air service. The landing strip is within walking distance of the settlement and is well maintained..

What To Buy

The lodge offers souvenirs, including the semi precious pebbles for which the island was named..

What To Eat

Meals are provided three times a day by the lodge, and the food is excellent. Packed lunches are available each day for visitors who want them..

Options For Drink

The lodge offers a small honor bar that includes a variety of beers and soft drinks..

Where To Sleep

There is a fully catered lodge on the island that offers luxury accommodation in four twin rooms, one double room, and a single room. The lodge has central heating, and all rooms have their own bathroom and shower.. For further information contact Jacqui Jennings or Alan White. As of November 2004, rates were £65 per person per night, full board..

Connect

A phone is available. Calling requires a Cable & Wireless phone card.

History

The farm was established in 1846 by John Markham Dean, an Englishman who bought Pebble and three neighbouring islands. Dean's family concern passed on to Dean Brothers Ltd, but it is currently managed locally by Raymond Evans, the great nephew of Johnny Evans who introduced sheep to the island and slaughtered the first feral cattle.. During the Falklands War, the island was occupied by Argentine forces which created the Estacin Aeronaval Caldern, protected by elements of 2nd Naval Infantry Battalion, which was assaulted successfully by the British SAS in the " Raid on Pebble Island "..

300 Argentines were based here. HMS Coventry was sunk off the coast of Pebble Island.. According to the inquiry into its loss, the ship sank " 10 miles " north of Pebble Island in May 1982 The co ordinates of the sinking are 51 03.6S, 59 42.2W and this is about 11.5 nautical miles from the nearest point on Pebble Island.. There are memorials on the island to the British destroyer HMS Coventry and to an Argentinian Lear Jet, both destroyed during the conflict.. More recently, Pebble Island Settlement became one of the first in the Falkland Islands to use wind turbines to generate most of its electricity..

Description

The island, the fifth largest in the Falklands archipelago, stretches about 30 km and about 7 km at its widest point, with a total area of 103.36 km2.. Its three high points are First Mountain 277 m, Middle Mountain 214 m and Marble Mountain 237 m, all of which lie in the western part of the island.. The eastern part of the island has lakes and wetlands and is of high conservation value. The two halves are joined by an isthmus on which lies Pebble Island Settlement where the inhabitants live.. The island has been a sheep farm since 1846; 13,500 Corriedale sheep are farmed, along with 240 head of beef and dairy cattle..

Important Bird Area

Pebble Island can be divided into a marshy east, known for its waterfowl and wading birds, and a hilly west, known for its penguins. The Pebble Island group, including the much smaller White Island and some islets, has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area.. Birds for which the site is of conservation significance include Falkland steamer ducks, ruddy headed geese, gentoo penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, macaroni penguins, southern giant petrels, sooty shearwaters, striated caracaras, white bridled finches, blackish cinclodes and Cobb's wrens..

black necked and Coscoroba swans breed on the main island..