Videos about the wildlife of UK Overseas Territories


1. Videos made for UKOTCF by Ann Pienkowski

Over several years, Ann Pienkowski (the Honorary Environmental Education Coordinator of UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum) has taken a good deal of video film of the nature of UK Overseas Territories, during her voluntary work helping on local projects. Some of this has been used for local events and TV broadcasts. Use of some of it has been donated also to fill gaps in coverage in making the mini-documentaries in the Britain's Treasure Islands series (see section 2 below).

Recognising that she has some unique material, Ann has now started editing her video into short documentaries. These videos may be used freely, with acknowledgement to Ann and UKOTCF. Links to these will be added below as they become available.

Montserrat Birding in Paradise
- an introduction to visiting Montserrat and its unique wildlife, produced shortly after UKOTCF and Montserrat National Trust published the book "Birding in Paradise: The Caribbean Emerald Isle of Montserrat - A guide to bird-watching, nature and heritage sites" (available from

Grand Turk Special Birds on your doorstep
- a video of the birds of the salinas (salt-pans) of Grand Turk to celebrate the opening of trails by UKOTCF and the Turks & Caicos National Museum. Guides in the Birding in Paradise series for each of the islands are available (from

2. Videos made, with the help of UKOTCF and partner organisations, for the Britain's Treasure Islands project

Separate from the Britain's Treasure Islands TV documentary series, 42 "mini-documentarie" have been made using the footage (and often totally unrelated stories) that were not used in the main broadcast series, supplemented by other video and still photography made available without charge by UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum and some of its partner organisations.

All 42 films are intended as an educational resource and are provided free of charge for all to watch and enjoy (see below). It is hoped that these films will help raise awareness of the wildlife, cultures, history and heritage of all of the UK Overseas Territories.

The 42 mini-documentaries were created on a tiny budget using funds raised through, with the help of UKOTCF, and donations from several organisations and individuals. Stewart McPherson sends a big thanks once more to all who helped make these short films possible. UKOTCF supplied information, materials and comments on early drafts of documentaries in this series. Editorial decisions remained with Stewart.

Mini-documentaries about Wildlife and Heritage in each of the UK Overseas Territories

Ascension Island
Saint Helena
Tristan da Cunha
Falkland Islands
South Georgia
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
Pitcairn Islands
Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
Montserrat - bird video in this documentary is by Ann Pienkowski, UKOTCF
Turks and Caicos Islands - bird video in this documentary is by Ann Pienkowski, UKOTCF, and underwater video by UKOTCF associate member Turks & Caicos Reef Fund
Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Mini-documentaries about specific subjects on particular UK Overseas Territories

Ascension Island - natives and aliens
Ascension Island - supplying the garrison
Saint Helena - wirebird conservation
Saint Helena - plant conservation
Life on Tristan da Cunha - the World's Most Remote Inhabited Island
Tristan da Cunha - the Monster Mice of Gough Island
Falkland Islands - Jimmy the ex-whaler
British Indian Ocean Territory - coconut crabs
British Indian Ocean Territory - seabirds
British Indian Ocean Territory - underwater
Pitcairn Islands - Henderson Island's wildlife
Life on Pitcairn Island - home of the descendants of the mutineers from HMS Bounty

Mini-documentaries about systematic wildlife groups across all of the UK Overseas Territories

Terrestrial Invertebrates of the UK Overseas Territories
Amphibians and Reptiles of the UK Overseas Territories
Plants of the UK Overseas Territories
Mammals of the UK Overseas Territories
Birds of the UK Overseas Territories
Marine Life of the UK Overseas Territories

Overview mini-documentaries

Overview of the Britain's Treasure Islands mini-documentaries
Overview of the UK Overseas Territories
Filming the Britain's Treasure Islands TV documentary series
Stewart McPherson's lecture at the Royal Geographical Society 
Conservation Lessons of the UK Overseas Territories
Islands of Evolution 
Overview of the Britain's Treasure Islands book
Shipping 5350 books - one copy for every secondary school in the UK
Overview of Britain's Treasure Islands TV documentary series