Slideshow Description: The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Lord Howe Island Group through a series of photos by David Stanley taken on the main island. The island has a small settlement and airstrip, museum, golf course and other tourism facilities, with regular air links to Sydney and Brisbane. The photos show some of these facilities as well as the nature of the rugged coastline and vegetation, offshore islands, coral reefs, beaches and mountains. The endemic Lord Howe Woodhen is illustrated as well as other resident island birds such as the currawong and sooty tern. Efforts are being made to eradicate a number of introduced species which threaten the endemic fauna and flora, and a rat trap illustrates these efforts. Introduced species remaining on the island include cats, dogs, mice, rats and cattle, while goats and pigs have successfully been eradicated in recent years.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2017) the conservation status of the Lord Howe Island Group is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that ‘Good management is in place and, provided resourcing and commitment to addressing the key threats to World Heritage values are sustained, the values should remain preserved. The outstanding scenic values are likely to remain in good condition and, subject to funding and effective program implementation, the significant natural habitat, rare plants and threatened wildlife are likely to persist in their current or an improved condition. However, it is crucial that invasive species eradication projects continue and are successfully implemented. Threats from climate change and rising oceanic temperatures as well as increasing impacts from marine debris require national and international action to reduce threats to some values and in particular the marine environment.’