Since 2011, I have been spending November to April each year working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. I work as a Zoological Field Assistant on the penguin and seal long-term monitoring programme. Before this, I spent 2.5 years on the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island, South Georgia, in the South Atlantic.

This blog gives readers an insight into my day-to-day life in the Antarctic, from my first trip south in 2008 to the present day.

Monday, 17 January 2011


Wanderer in the evening light.

Light-mantled sooty albatross chick.

Wanderer at sunset.

Light-mantled sooty albatross with chick.

Other wildlife

Northern Giant petrel that has been eating a dead seal.

Gentoo penguins at Natural Arch.

Not so little Gentoo penguin chicks.

Skua chick.

Bottom Meadows on a sunny day.


Fur seals on the beaches.

More fur seals.

One in 1000 pups are blonde.

The beach in front of the base in summer.

Fur seal pup that's been playing in the sea.

Christmas on Bird Island

My Christmas cake.

Christmas Dinner.

Christmas photograph... (rather random).