The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the north-east coast of Northumberland. There are between 15 and 20 islands depending on the state of the tide. They are divided into two groups, the Inner Group and the Outer Group. The main islands in the Inner Group are Inner Farne, Knoxes Reef and the East and West Wideopens. The main islands in the Outer Group are Staple Island the Brownsman, North and South Wamses, Big Harcar and the Longstone,the two groups are separated by Staple Sound.
Recent evidence suggests that Planet Earth is at the beginning of its sixth mass extinction event, the most rapid loss of species since dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago. The disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species, caused almost entirely by human activity, will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences, experts have warned.
The Week UK teamed up with Nat Geo Wild UK to discuss and explore the astonishing wildlife found on the tropical islands between Asia and Australia. Paradise Islands is a three-part series exploring the fascinating diversity of life that has developed over millions of years on these islands.
With my travel bag barely unpacked from my several days away in beautiful Portugal as part of the Waves International event I headed to London this week as one of the invited panel of experts for a filmed debate for National Geographic, and specifically their channel Nat Geo Wild and partners ,The Week magazine. This thought-provoking and inspiring panel discussion focused on the some of the themes that will be explored in the two upcoming programmes – Paradise Islands and Photo Ark, both streaming on National Geographic in October.