Montserrat – wildlife and heritage


Montserrat – wildlife and heritage

This mini-documentary explores the history and wildlife of Montserrat, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. A series of volcanic eruptions began in 1995 and destroyed the capital Plymouth, which today is a modern-day pompeii. Tragically Pymouth today is a ghost town and two thirds of Montserrat lies in an exclusion zone. But the northern third of the island is home to approximately 5,000 Montserratians, and an incredible diversity of wildlife, including 10 species of bats, red-footed tortoises and a unique bird called the Montserrat Oriole. The island’s tropical forests are recovering, as are diverse reefs offshore. Sadly, one of Montserrat’s amphibians, a giant frog called the Mountain Chicken, was devastated, not just by the volcano, but by the introduction of deadly chytrid fungus. We follow pioneering conservation efforts undertaken by representatives of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Britain’s Treasure Islands mini-documentaries

A series of short documentaries designed for on-line release exploring the wildlife, cultures and history of the UK Overseas Territories.

This film is one of forty mini-documentaries made from the footage not used in the broadcast series.

Visit to view all 40 mini-documentaries free of charge.

Please note: although complementary to the BBC FOUR series, the 40 short mini-documentaries are not commissioned or editorially overseen by BBC.

To discovery the wildlife, history and cultures of all of the UK Overseas Territories, please visit

Britain's Treasure Islands, Simon Vacher's camerawork

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