Gough and Inaccessible Islands World Heritage Site

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Gough and Inaccessible Islands
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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LocationTristan da Cunha, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territories, United Kingdom
Includes
CriteriaNatural: (vii), (x)
Reference740bis
Inscription1995 (19th session)
Extensions2004
Area7,900 ha (20,000 acres)
Buffer zone390,000 ha (960,000 acres)
Coordinates40°19′29″S 9°55′43″W / 40.32472°S 9.92861°W / -40.32472; -9.92861Coordinates: 40°19′29″S 9°55′43″W / 40.32472°S 9.92861°W / -40.32472; -9.92861
Gough and Inaccessible Islands is located in South Atlantic
Gough Island
Gough Island
Inaccessible Island
Inaccessible Island
Location of Gough Island and Inaccessible Island in the South Atlantic Ocean
Official nameGough Island
Designated20 November 2008
Reference no.1868
Area229,811 ha (567,880 acres)
Official nameInaccessible Island
Designated20 November 2008
Reference no.1869
Area126,524 ha (312,650 acres)

Gough and Inaccessible Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean. It consists of Gough Island (40°19′S 9°56′W / 40.32°S 9.94°W / -40.32; -9.94) and Inaccessible Island. (37°18′S 12°41′W / 37.30°S 12.68°W / -37.30; -12.68)

The islands are uninhabited apart from the personnel of a weather station. They are Important Bird Areas and Alliance for Zero Extinction sites.[1]

The spectacled petrel is believed to nest only on Inaccessible Island.[2]

Tristan da Cunha archipelago
  1. ^ BirdLife International (2015). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gough Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/02/2015
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2015). Species factsheet: Procellaria conspicillata. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/01/2015.

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