HOW FARMERS BECAME WILDLIFE MANAGERS
The Falklands archipelago includes more than 500 outer islands of varying sizes, with striated caracaras found on a fifth of these. Since the 1870s almost all available land has been devoted to large-scale, lowintensity sheep farming. Most big outer islands are owned and run as a farm by a single family, who in effect are shepherding not just sheep but also globally significant seabird populations. Saunders Island, for example, is farmed by the Pole-Evans family and grazed by 5,000 of their sheep, while hosting up to 16,700 breeding pairs of black-browed albatrosses. Their land has thus been given Important Bird Area (IBA) status by BirdLife International.
Some Falklands farms are unique wildlife lodges.