The Chagos Archipelago is a captivating sight, and an example of a beautiful tropical environment. But it is still vulnerable to many threats, from pollution to destructive species.
When the islands were first colonised in the 1700s, incoming ships also ferried small-but-devastating stowaways. The common black rat has had a dramatic effect on the islands, preying on the eggs and hatchlings of seabirds and turtles.
The CCT is committed to restoring the islands to something resembling their previous state. Part of our work involves removing the rats and invasive plants, whilst restoring native vegetation. Our vision is to provide safe nesting grounds for many vulnerable species - from seabirds to coconut crab - and to provide a safe haven for life threatened by over-harvesting and destruction.