British Virgin Islands – wildlife and heritage

This mini-documentary explores the wildlife, history and heritage of the British Virgin Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. Famed as a premier tourist destination, the British Virgin Islands are a treasure trove for wildlife, a home for endangered iguanas, red-footed tortoises and flamingos. It was here where Christopher Columbus called in during his second journey to the New World. Following decades brought copper miners and sugar plantations. Hints at the presence of Amerindians can be seen across the islands in enormous mounds of queen conch shells. Even larger modern deposits of conch shells form giant islands offshore – millions of conchs strong. On land, vast sea bird colonies also abound, including magnificent frigate birds. But the frigates suffer from a deadly menace – fishing line – which causes a deadly trap that kills hundreds of birds each year. We follow local conservationists who free the birds from the deadly fishing line. On the main islands, wildlife has faced intense pressure as well, but much of the vegetation of the Territory is now regenerating, thanks to diverse conservation efforts and a network of well managed preserves.

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