The Falkland Islands and South Atlantic
Camp, anywhere outside Stanley, Falkland Islands, photo of road

CAMP- Anywhere outside Stanley

Camp – from the Hispanic word ‘Campo’ meaning countryside, a legacy of the Spanish occupation and the days when South American gauchos worked the wild cattle. This is anywhere outside Stanley.
The camp is mostly vast remote peat moorland, treeless with low mountains similar to areas of Scotland. It is shallow cold and acidic with low fertility. In the lower valleys there are peaty soils which being higher in fertility support greens of fine grass. The oceanic heath formations which cover huge tracts of the two main islands can be 'hard' or 'soft camp or a complex mixture of both depending on the sub-soil. Hard camp is on the drier and better drained soils where dwarf shrubs, particularly Diddle-dee grow and soft camp where White Grass predominates and might stretch for miles as on the plain of Lafonia.

This is where Campers live, on farms, some in settlements of five to ten houses, others in Camp Houses which might be their own farm, or on an island. The 2016 census records it is home to 381 people (including those on islands and excluding the military presence at MPA), to over half a million sheep and over 5,000 cattle.








Photographic credits: Header, Robert Maddocks, camp-Emma Brook, Gauchos- Dale Family
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