Weddell Island until 1999/2000 was a working sheep farm. From then until 2015, sheep numbers numbered reduced to a few hundred and a seasonal tourist offering became the main island business. The current owners, wanting the island to be environmentally and economically sustainable, have increased sheep farming in a measured and balanced way in 2016, and are additionally committed to balancing farming activities with advancing improved tourist offerings and modern accommodation.
Restoring Flora/fauna. Approximately 20% of Weddell Island (20sq miles) is set aside for ewe flock and lamb rearing in an increasingly fox free area of land, called Tern Hill and Loop Head. Some other acreage is set aside to run dry sheep, called wethers, but a large proportion of Weddell Island remains ungrazed for 10+ years resulting in recovery of many of the Falkland Islands native flora.
Weddell Island is a designated Important Plant Area (IPA). More of the Falkland’s endemic species of plants are believed exist on Weddell Island than on any other island.
Power. The settlement generates most of its electrical energy supply from renewables, using both wind turbines harnessing and solar panels, which are supplemented by two diesel generators to top-up batteries and ensure 24-hour power output during darkness and low winds.
Water. The Settlement’s water supply is derived from a mountain spring sources.
Food. Visitors can eat lamb, beef, eggs and some vegetables grown organically on the island and take tea laced with fresh cow’s milk.