Gough and Inaccessible
Islands (1995, 2004)
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||Gough Island, in the South Atlantic, is one of the least
disrupted island and marine ecosystems in the cool temperate zone. One of
the largest colonies of sea birds in the world lives there, amidst
spectacular scenery of cliffs towering above the ocean.
The island is also home to two endemic species of land birds, the galinulle and the Gough rowettie, as well as to twelve endemic species of plants.
The exact location of the uninhabited Gough Island is 40''10' S - 9''45' W, 250 miles southeast of Tristan da Cunha, by whom it is administered. It may -- in some ways -- be compared to other isolated "bird islands" in the Atlantic, for example the Faeroe Islands, or the Falkland Islands. The island is uninhabited.
Here is shown a wonderful set of four stamps, featuring the two birds mentioned by UNESCO in the declaration making Gough Island a World Heritage Site.
Tristan da Cunha 1991. Gough Moorhen (gallinula comerei), and Gough Bunting (rowettia goughensis).
A similar set was issued in 1996, when Gough Islands was declared world heritage, completed with two species of Albatross.
Gough Island covers about 65 sq km (14 km long; 7 km wide), and it's highest point, Edinburgh Peak, rises up to 910m. There are no glaciers on the island, and wildlife on it includes the long-crested rockhopper penguin, the Gough bunting, the Gough flightless moorhen, the wandering albatross and the southern elephant seal..
Other World Heritage Sites in Great Britain (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, United Kingdom Section, for further information about the individual properties.
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Revised 19 jul 2006