On 30 August 2019 the Ascension Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) was designated, making it one of the largest MPAs in the world.
Boatswain Bird Island Sanctuary is a barren, steep island rising to 104m, with a relatively flat top, located off the coast of Letterbox Peninsula. It is a haven for many seabird species to nest without the threat of invasive species. It is also home to endemic species of psuedoscorpion.
A popular recreation spot which served as a fever station in the 19th century, attested to by the several small cemeteries that surround the area.
Constructed in the cool climate of Green Mountain the Convalescent Hospital, or "the San", was opened in 1849 and served the island for more than a century. Today it is known as the Residency, home of the Administrator.
Fort Bedford is the most modern of the three naval forts that were built in Georgetown, constructed between 1903 and 1906. It overlooks Georgetown and Long Beach, and out over Clarence Bay. The guns of the fort were only ever fired once in WWII before the fort was deactivated.
The most significant fort on the island, mounted on a rock promontory overlooking Long Beach and the pier. A fort has stood on this site since at least 1822 and the current fort is open to the public throughout the day.
Green Mountain National Park is full of history and natural beauty. Rising to 859m, the mountain is lush and cool compared to the arid lowlands, with many trails for visitors to explore.
A remote nature reserve home to many seabird species and stunning geological scenery.
Long Beach is just under a kilometre long, adjacent to Georgetown and is the most important nesting beach for green turtles on Ascension Island.
Mars Bay Nature Reserve is part of a rocky stretch of the south coast called the Wideawake Fairs. This is one of the primary nesting sites for sooty terns. Within the nature reserve you can also find Shelly beach and the anchialine pools containing endemic shrimp and slime species.
The original mountain barracks for Navy men dating from 1832, later converted to a cattle shed when the barracks were relocated to the Red Lion.
North East Bay is one of the three major beaches that are important nesting sites for green turtles. It is also an important spawning beach for the near-endemic land crabs.
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