Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Recent books on Southern Ocean islands: updated list


The sub-Antarctic and cool temperate islands of the Southern Ocean all support populations of ACAP-listed species of albatrosses and petrels.


A large number of books and booklets has been published since the year 2000 dealing with various aspects of these southern islands, including historical and personal accounts, scholarly reviews of scientific research, bird and field guides, specialist studies and popular illustrated treatments.


A selective bibliographic list follows, arranged alphabetically by island groups.  Books that cover more than one group of islands are listed separately,  Only the most recent editions are listed.


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Antipodes, Auckland, Bounty, Campbell and Snares Islands 

Atkinson, Tudor 2001.  ‘St Michael’ Goes South: a 31 Foot Motor-sailer in Support of the 1972/73 Auckland Islands Scientific Expedition.  Wellington: Department of Conservation.  136 pp.  ISBN 0-478-22102-9.

[Austin, Alfred] 2004.  A Musterer’s Sojourn on Campbell Island; the Diary of Alfred Austin, 1919-1921.  Edited by Paul Dingwall and Geoff Gregory.  With commentaries by Conon Fraser, Erick Brenstrum, and Peter Moore.  Wellington: Department of Conservation.  135 pp.  ISBN 0-478-22094-4.

Fell, Derek 2002. Campbell Island.  Land of the Blue Flower.  Auckland: David Bateman. 143 pp.  ISBN 1-86953-501-4.

Peat, Neville 2006.  Subantarctic New Zealand.  A Rare Heritage.  Revised Edition. Invercargill: Department of Conservation.  96 pp.  ISBN 0-478-14088-6.

Raynal, François 1880.  Wrecked on a reef; or, twenty months in the Auckland Islands.  A true story of shipwreck, adventure and suffering.  Edinburgh: T. Nelson & Sons.  (facsimile edited by Mortelier, Christiane 2003.  Wellington: Steele Roberts.  260 pp.  ISBN 1-877228-88-5).

Taylor, Rowley 2006.  Straight Through from London.  The Antipodes and Bounty Islands.  Christchurch: Heritage Expeditions New Zealand.  415 pp.  ISBN 0-473-10650-7.

  Turbott, Graham 2002.  Year Away.  Wartime Coastwatching on the Auckland Islands, 1944.  Wellington: Department of Conservation.  153 pp.  ISBN 0-478-22268-8.

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)* 


Falklands Conservation 2006.  Important Bird Areas of the Falkland Islands.  London: Falklands Conservation.  160 pp.  ISBN 0-953837106-5.

Jones, Alexander G. 2004.  Insects of the Falkland Islands.  London: Falklands Conservation.  33 pp.  ISBN 0-9538371-3-0.

Liddle, Ali 2007.  Plants of the Falkland Islands.  London: Falklands Conservation.  5 pp.  ISBN 978-0-953871-9-9.

Schafer, Kevin 2003.  The Falkland Islands Between the Wind & Sea.  Freshwater, Isle of Wight, UK: Coach House Publications.  ISBN 1-899-392-262.

Summers, Debbie 2005.  A Visitor's Guide to the Falkland Islands.  Second Edition.  London: Falklands Conservation.  132 pp.  ISBN 0-9538-3715-7.

Wagstaff, William 2001.  Falkland Islands The Bradt Travel Guide.  Chalton St Peter, UK: Bradt Travel Guides Ltd.  182 pp.  ISBN 1 884162 037 8.

Heard & McDonald Islands 

Green, Ken & Woehler, Eric (Eds) 2006.  Heard Island: Southern Ocean Sentinel.  Chipping Norton: Surrey Beatty & Sons.  270 pp.  ISBN 949324 98 1.

Macquarie Island




Greenslade, Penelope 2006.  Invertebrates of Macquarie Island.  Kingston: Australian Antarctic Division.  344 pp.  ISBN 1 876934 107.


Seppelt, Rod D. 2004.  The Moss Flora of Macquarie Island.  Kingston: Australian Antarctic Division.  342 pp.  ISBN 1 876934 077.


Terauds, Aleks & Stewart, Fiona 2005.  Albatross Elusive Mariners of the Southern Ocean.  Sydney: Reed New Holland. 175 pp.  ISBN 1 877069 26 4. [Macquarie Island].


Terauds, Aleks & Stewart, Fiona 2008.  Subantarctic Wilderness.  Macquarie Island.  Crows Nest: Jacana Books.  176 pp.  ISBN 9781741753028.


Prince Edward Islands 


Chown, Steven L. & Froneman, Pierre William (Eds) 2008.  The Prince Edward Islands.  Land-sea Interactions in a Changing Ecosystem.  Stellenbosch: SUN Press.  450 pp.  ISBN 978-1-920109-85-1.


South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Islas Georgias del Sur e Islas Sandwich del Sur)*

 Agnew, David J. 2004.  Fishing South.  The History and Management of South Georgia Fisheries.  St Albans: Penna Press.  123 pp.  ISBN 0-9547948-0-X.

Poncet, Sally & Crosbie, Kim 2005.  A Visitor’s Guide to South Georgia.  [Maidenhead, UK]: Wildguides Ltd.  179 pp.  ISBN 1-903657-08-3.

Tristan da Cunha 

Buxton, Edmund D. 2001.  Island Chaplain Tristan da Cunha 1975-1978.  Winchester: George Mann Publications.  96 pp.  ISBN 0-95-244247-7.


Crawford, Allan B. 2004.  Tristan da Cunha.  Wartime Invasion.  Easton: George Mann Publishers.  ISBN 0954629914.160 pp.


Crawford, Allan B. 2006.  Memoirs: North, South, East & West.  Winchester: George Mann Publications.  96 pp.  ISBN 01962779944. 


Glass, Conrad 2005. Rockhopper Copper.  Life and Police Work on the World’s Most Remote Inhabited Island, Tristan da Cunha.  Leominster: Orphans Press.  170 pp.  ISBN 1 903360 10 2.

Grundy, Richard 2006.  Commemorative Publication to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Tristan da Cunha.  Tristan da Cunha Association.  31 pp.  ISSN 0953-0827. 

Hänel, Christine, Chown, Steven L. & Gaston, Kevin J. 2005.  Gough Island - a Natural History.  Stellenbosch:  SUN Press.  169 pp.  ISBN 1-920109-03-X.


Kornet-van Duyvenboden, Sandra 2007.  A Dutchman on Tristan da Cunha.  The Quest for Peter Green.  Winchester: George Mann Publications.  235.  ISBN 9780955241512.


[Munch, Peter A.] 2008.  Glimpsing Utopia: Tristan da Cunha 1937-38.  A Norwegian’s Diary.  Translated and edited by Catherine Munich Snyder.  Winchester: George Mann Publications.  210 pp.  ISBN 9780955241581. 


Ryan, Peter G. (Ed).  2007.  Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island.  Newbury: Pisces Publications.  162 pp.  ISBN 1 874357 33 1.


Schreier, Daniel & Lavarello-Schreier, Karen 2003.  Tristan da Cunha.  History People Language.  London: Battlebridge Publications.  88 pp.  ISBN 1-903292-03-4.

Tyler, Paul & Rothwell, Alison [2006].  The Natural History of Tristan da Cunha.  UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum.  41 pp.


Couve, Enrique & Vidal, Claudio 2003.  Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Antarctic Peninsula, The Falkland Islands & South Georgia / Aves de Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego y Península Antártica.  Islas Malvinas y Georgia del Sur.  Punta Arenas: Editorial Fantástico Sur Birding Ltda.. 656 pp. ISBN 956-8007-04-0.


Poncet, Sally & Poncet, Jérôme 2007.  Southern Ocean Cruising.  Second edition revised and updated by Sally Poncet, Colin Harris & Susie Grant.  Cambridge: Environmental Research & Assessment Ltd. 160 pp. ISBN 97800-9552205-1-7.


Riffenburgh, Beau (Ed.). 2007.  Encyclopaedia of the Antarctic, Vols 1 & 2.  New York: Routledge.  1146 + 86 pp.  ISBN 0-415-97024-5.


Rubin. Jeff. 2008.  Antarctica.  Fourth Edition.  Footscray, Australia: Lonely Planet Publications.  380 pp.  ISBN 978-1-74104-549-9

Shirihai, Hadoram 2007.  A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife.  The Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and Southern Ocean.  Second Edition.  London: A&C Black.  544 pp.  ISBN 978071366406. 

Stonehouse, Bernard 2000.  The Last Continent Discovering Antarctica.  Burgh Castle, UK: SCP Books.  278 pp.  ISBN 0 9537907 0 3.

Todd, Frank. S. 2004.  Birds & Mammals of the Antarctic, Subantarctic & Falkland Islands.  Temecula, USA: Ibis Publishing Company.  138 pp.  ISBN 0-934797-22-6.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wheeler, Tony 2004.  The Falklands & South Georgia Island.  Footscray, Australia: Lonely Plant Publications.  ISBN 1-74059-643-9.

*A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Islas Georgias del Sur y Islas Sandwich del Sur) and the surrounding maritime areas.  

Posted by John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 30 October 2008, last updated 25 November 2008