Our mission: The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust works to conserve Antarctic buildings and artefacts, and to promote and encourage the public's interest in its Antarctic heritage.
If you look closely at a penguin's bill you'll notice a hook at the end, perfect for catching its prey. The backward facing bristles on their tongues prevent slippery seafood from getting away.
Gentoo penguins take it in turns to sit on the nest whilst their partner goes out to sea to feed. The baby chick encourages the parent to regurgitate its fish and krill by pecking on its beak.
Skuas have a rather notorious reputation as a proficient hunter and hostile scavenger predating on penguin eggs and chicks. They are also fiercely protective of their own nests.
Gentoo penguins at sunset. Port Lockroy
Weddell seals are often spotted near Port Lockroy either floating by on ice floes or hauled out on the shore. When on land they pass their time lazing in the sun and sleeping.
They have a blue, purple or red ring around the eye. They feed mainly on fish, repeatedly diving down onto the shoals below. Once underwater they use their powerful webbed feet to propel themselves.
Heavy snowfall with much of Bransfield House buried. The Gentoo penguins breeding is affected by snow cover. They nest on exposed rocks and use small pebbles to build a shallow nest.
UKAHT staff monitor through a long-term environmental study the impact of visitors to the breeding gentoo population. Ongoing since 1996, the study shows that the Gentoos are not affected by visitors.
Visitors to the museum at Base A are encouraged to remove guano from footwear before entering the museum; not always possible! This Gentoo chick has started to moult and will soon fledge.
About a dozen pairs of sheathbills nest at Port Lockroy. Known as 'nature's sanitizers' they could be seen as Antarctic magpies, stealing eggs, anything shiny and even the putty in the window frames!