Galapagos Day 2019

Threats to endangered birds and reptiles

Wednesday 30 October 7:00pm – 10:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Royal Geographical Society, London

Join Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) for an evening exploring the threats affecting some of Galapagos’ most endangered, and iconic, birds and reptiles. The event will be hosted by renowned wildlife expert and award-winning writer Mark Carwardine, who will highlight the urgent need to protect the Archipelago from a range of threats.

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Quasar Expeditions and Bespoke Hotels. Speakers will include GCT partner Juan Pablo Muñoz-Pérez who will be sharing his research into the impacts of plastic pollution on marine vertebrates; GCT partner Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral who will explore the challenges of reintroducing locally extinct species such as the Floreana mockingbird and Galapagos land iguanas, back to their original islands. Finally, Sophia Cooke will discuss the impacts the introduced bird, the smooth-billed ani, can have on other avian species.

Don’t miss our 2019 Galapagos Photography Competition display featuring this year’s winners. In addition there will be a drinks reception, stalls to peruse and many like-minded people to chat to.

Between 6-7pm guests can view a selection of the Royal Geographical Society’s treasures showcasing the development of geographical knowledge of Galapagos. From the earliest atlas in the Collections which shows the Galapagos Islands dated 1570, through to Darwin’s pocket sextant from Fitzroy’s ‘Voyage of the Beagle’ in the 1830s, to early twentieth century research expeditions by Evelyn Cheeseman supported by the Zoological Society of London.

Tickets are £20 (£15 for students). You can buy them here or by calling the GCT office on 020 7399 7440. Please note, no physical tickets will be sent out, instead your name will be added to the guest list on the door. 

How to find the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)


Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore,
London, SW7 2AR

By underground

You can reach the RGS from:

South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines) – a 10 to 15 minute walk up Exhibition Road

Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) – a 15 minutes walk along Kensington Road

Lancaster Gate (Central Line) – a 15 to 20 minute walk across Hyde Park

By bus

There are several bus routes which stop outside or within the vicinity of the RGS building including routes 9, 10, 52, 360 and 452.

By car

There are no car parking facilities at RGS.

From London Heathrow Airport

You can take the Piccadilly Line to South Kensington. Allow at least an hour for this journey.

From London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Express train service to London Victoria station. You can then take the Circle or District Line to South Kensington.