Volunteer Point is a headland on the east coast of East Falkland, in the Falkland Islands, to the north north east (as the crow flies) of Stanley, and east of Johnson’s Harbour and Berkeley Sound.
Volunteer Point is one of the easternmost points of the islands, but Cape Pembroke is the furthest east. During the Falklands War, Argentine commanders considered it a potential British landing point, because it was far from continental Argentine airbases, and those at Pebble Island, but also a strategic foothold for any British force wishing to retake Stanley.
However, in the event, the British landings took place on San Carlos Water in the west of East Falkland, on Falkland Sound.
Volunteer Point has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area. Birds for which the site is of conservation significance include Falkland Steamer Ducks (75 breeding pairs), Ruddy-headed Geese (100 pairs), Gentoo Penguins (100 pairs), Magellanic Penguins (2000 pairs) and White-bridled Finches.
Volunteer Point is notable for having about 150 pairs of King Penguins breed here, at the most northerly part of their range.
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