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INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL

Not all biosecurity risks come across the international border. The Falklands are made up of over 750 islands and each has its own mix of plants and animals. Many invasive species, pests and diseases are confined to just a few areas so it is important that we do all we can to prevent the spread of organisms around and between the islands.


Mud and faeces on boots, vehicle tyres, clothes and outdoor equipment can transmit disease from an affected wildlife colony to a clean one. Naturally occurring diseases such as avian pox can be spread this way. To limit the risk it is important for ALL people travelling between wildlife sites to clean their boots and if necessary vehicle tyres between trips. This is particularly true if there are known or suspected cases of contagious wildlife diseases in the area.


Contaminates should be brushed off footwear, clothing and equipment. Ideally the removed debris should be bagged and destroyed. To prevent spread of disease, a disinfectant boot dip such as Virkon should be used to clean footwear. If this is not available a weak bleach solution will be sufficient. Disinfectants will not stop invasive weed seeds from growing.


Sightings of diseased wildlife should be reported to the land owner and the Department of Agriculture.

 

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~ If you have any other queries regarding bringing items into the Falkland Islands or other biosecurity queries, then please contact us.