Wye and Upper Derwent Group of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s next talk will take members to the other side of the world.
Jane Proctor, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Marketing Manager, will share the experiences of her recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.
These islands which were a source for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The islands lie 100 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean and it was this isolation which led them to become an evolutionary hotspot. They are an archipelago of 16 volcanic islands around the equator, and one of the most active oceanic volcanic areas in the world. They are famous for their wealth of unique animals and plants found nowhere else in the world, and have been declared a World Heritage Site. Birds found on the Galapagos include the blue footed booby, the magnificent frigate bird and the waved albatross, not to mention Darwin’s finches. Then there are the Galapagos fur seals, the smallest in the world, and of course the Galapagos giant tortoises.