POOLE explorer and filmmaker Stewart McPherson is preparing for a prestigious Royal Geographical Society lecture on his expedition to some of Britain’s remotest outposts.

Stewart, of Hamworthy-based Redfern Natural History, will deliver his talk on wildlife of the UK Overseas’s Territories in London next month.

The adventurer, who made international headlines in 2009 after discovering a new species of carnivorous plant, said: “The UK Overseas Territories are Britain’s most remote outposts.

“Scattered across all Seven Seas, they cover an area seven times the size of the British Isles.

“They are home to 350,000 British subjects, thousands of unique species and many of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth.”

The presentation, set for London’s Ondaatje Theatre, includes video footage highlights from a four-part documentary series filmed by Stewart.

It also includes expert speakers from the UK Overseas Territories and a question and answer session

An event spokesman said: “Join explorer and filmmaker Stewart McPherson for an evening’s intrepid journey across all of Britain’s overseas lands.

“Travel with him from the equator to the South Pole, from lush tropical atolls in coral seas to active volcanoes and windswept Antarctic islands.

“He will reveal the territories’ most amazing wildlife spectacles; from some of the biggest penguin, turtle and seal colonies to the most pristine coral reefs on the planet.”

Stewart will also share some of the trials of his three year, 70,000km journey on RAF military flights, one of the last working Royal Mail ships, trawlers, freighters, ice breakers and private charter yachts.

In 2009 the Daily Echo reported how Stewart discovered giant pitcher plants in a remote mountain region in the central Philippines.

The carnivorous species - which was named Nepenthes attenboroughii after TV naturalist David Attenborough - were so large it was reported that they could catch rats in their pouches, as well as insects, dissolving them with enzymes in similar fashion to the action of Venus fly traps.

Initially no rodents were discovered in the plants, and it was later suggested any captured would have been by accident more than design.

However, during a subsequent expedition in 2012, the remains of a dead shrew were discovered in one of the plants. In the intervening weeks scientists were able to document the rate of digestion, which eventually left just skeletal remains.

Tickets, costing £10, for Stewart’s latest lecture evening, set for March 24, from 6.45-10pm, are available from https://ukotcf.yapsody.com/event/index/28633/britains-treasure-islands