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The nutrients in seal and seabird urine and faeces have an effect on the vegetation. To ensure that humans do not add to this natural 'fertilisation', all visitors are required to remove wastes or dispose of them in a controlled manner.

History

Trypots at Try Pot Beach
Trypots at Try Pot Beach (Photo: E Woehler)

Human activities at Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) have a relatively short but diverse history.

Wild and isolated Heard Island currently has no resident population but this has not always been the case.

The pages in this history section discuss the discovery of the islands, give a summary of subsequent human activities, including 19th century sealing, research expeditions, and private expeditions, and talk about the cultural heritage items relating to those early activities.

This page was last modified on 28 February 2005.