Heywood Island

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Heywood Island

South Shetland Islands
(British Antarctic Territory)


Location of Heywood Island of Robert Island in the South Shetland Islands

Location: 62°19’11"S, 59°41’6"W
Area: 193 acres

Heywood Island is the largest of the islands off the north coast of Robert Island in the South Shetland Islands, part of the British Antarctic Territory. It is named after Captain Peter Heywood, RN (1773–1831), commanding HMS Nereus off the east coast of South America in 1810-13, formerly a midshipman in HMS Bounty under Captain William Bligh. The area was visited by early 19th century sealers operating from nearby Clothier Harbour.


The island lies 2 nautical miles west by north of Catharina Point on Robert Island and 1 nautical mile northwest of Hammer Point on that island, 514 yards north-north-east of Rogozen Island, 2 nautical miles north-north-east of Fort William on Robert Island and 3 nautical miles east-north-east of Table Island.

The island is 0.9 miles by 0.5 miles long with a surface area of 193 acres.[1] It is ice-free, low and horseshoe-shaped, its west coast indented for over half a mile by Vrabcha Cove.

Important Bird Area

Heywood Island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports one of the largest Chinstrap Penguin colonies on the Antarctic Peninsula region, with around 90,000 pairs.[2]

Outside links


  1. L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4
  2. "Heywood Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. http://www.birdlife.org. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
The South Shetland Islands, British Antarctic Territory

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