Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Bull Point is one of East Falkland’s southernmost points. Although part of North Arm Farm, Bull Point is considered an IBA (Important Bird Area) and the area has been fenced off from sheep, thus helping nature to recover. Some 101 plant species, of which 59 are considered rare or native and 4 endemic, have been recorded. This includes Dusen’s moonwort, a protected native fern that is only known to occur in two other localities in the Falklands.
Kelp beds in front of Bull Point contrast with the rocky shore, sandy beaches and maritime heath in higher areas. While Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins nest here, southern elephant seals and southern sea lions come to haul out on Bull Point Area’s southern shores. Falkland Steamer Ducks, Kelp, Ruddy-headed and Upland Geese, as well as Magellanic and Blackish Oystercatchers, Blackish Cinclodes (locally known as the tussock or tussac bird) and White-rumped Sandpipers frequent the area, with a further 57 species breeding here. The Bay of Harbours just north of Bull Point often shows Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins playing in the surf.