Turks and Caicos Islands – wildlife and heritage

This mini-documentary explores the wildlife, history and cultural heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. The Turks and Caicos Islands are famed for some of the most beautiful coral reefs on Earth, home to sting rays, eagle rays, hundreds of species of reef fishes and humpback whales. Great numbers of sea turtles visit the beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands to lay their eggs, however have been threatened in recent years due to unsustainable fishing. We follow the story of a successful conservation project to safeguard the turtles and an innovative farm to save another of the Territory’s rare animals, the Queen conch. Across the Turks and Caicos Islands, we find historic ruins from many centuries, including old plantations from slave-powered cotton farms, and vast salinas where salt crystals were once farmed. But the now abandoned salinas offer a refuge for countless migratory birds and flamingos today.

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 http://www.BritainsTreasureIslands.com 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 www.BritainsTreasureIslands.com