Souvenirs from the Falkland Islands
Souvenirs from the Falkland Islands often feature penguins, which are quite populous in the country. You can find them on postcards, key chains, magnets, T-shirts, and tote bags, and turned into stuffed animals. The wool industry offers felted items that depict local scenes, or that are crafted into purses, cellphone cases, wallets and book covers. Sweaters made in a variety of styles and colors are also popular, alongside scarves and socks. Leather goods are quite common. Memorabilia in the form of commemorative stamps, coins and medals are highly sought after by collectors. There is a dedicated community of local artist, and they produce beautiful paintings and sketches of the wildlife, local landmarks and vistas. You can also find sculptures created from driftwood and salvaged shipwrecks that would look quite intriguing on mantelpieces and bookshelves. Semi-precious jewelry, made from locally sourced gems, would make a lovely Falkland Islander souvenir or a few of the pebbles from the rocky beaches.
Geography of the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands is an archipelago of several hundred islands. The two main islands, called East and West Falklands, are the population centers and are quite mountainous. Year-round temperatures range from 2-9 degrees Celsius, but is heated slightly by the Antarctic Convergence, where the warmer northern waters meet the cooler southern waters. It also prevents permafrost, allowing plants and animals to survive in the harsh environment. There are variations of the landscapes that further protect the native plants, based on underlying prehistoric rock. However, these species are prey to livestock, who feast on them, leaving only 20% of the original coverage remaining. Where the plants remain, you will also find birds, such as the Cobb's Wren or Tussock-bird, nesting. These bird species are under attack from introduced predators, specifically rats and cats from trade ships. Penguins and geese are found on many parts of the Falkland Islands, and provide natural enrichment of the soils, keeping them fertile for the other animals.