Chagos Conservation Trust

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The Chagos Conservation Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to conducting scientific research and undertaking conservation programmes in the Chagos Archipelago. We can help inform you about the coralfishbirdsplants and other wildlife in the Chagos Archipelago. We can also provide comment about climate change and sea levels in the region. 

Journalists looking for information about the Chagos environment should contact Helen Pitman,

Our experts

Our science and conservation experts have the latest knowledge of marine and terrestrial life in the Chagos Archipelago, and are available for interview and comment. 

Our team has a combined total of almost 200 years of working in science and conservation.  

Multimedia content

We have an extensive stock of wildlife and environment photos from the Chagos. View some of our images and videos.

CCT in the news

The Chagos Islands are unique and worth protecting, The Conversation, June 2013

Facts and figures

The Chagos Islands environment boasts: 

  • the world’s biggest ‘no-take’ marine reserve  
  • the largest living coral atoll on the planet  
  • the cleanest sea waters ever tested

and is home to at least:

  • 220 different species of coral
  • 50 species of sharks, skates and rays
  • 800 species of fish
  • 2 species of endangered turtle
  • 18 species of birds
  • 41 flowering plant species
  • 2 mangrove forests
  • 113 species of insect