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Protecting the sites

The four expedition bases have such an important part in the world's history the Antarctic Treaty System  (which governs international activity in Antarctica) has listed each of the bases as Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) - the highest possible protection listing available.

As a result of the listing a permit to visit is required and management plans and a Code of Conduct have been prepared to help protect the sites.

Management Plan for the British Southern Cross Expedition 1898 - 1900, Cape Adare . The expedition led by Carsten Borchgrevink.

Management Plan for National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition 1901- 1904, Hut Point .  The first expedition led by Commander Robert Falcon Scott.

Management Plan for British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition 1907 - 1909, Cape Royds.  The expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.