Friends of the British Overseas Territories (FOTBOT) has awarded life membership to Dr Julia Reid, who represents the South West Counties and Gibraltar as a member of the European Parliament, at its annual Black Tie Christmas event.

The annual Black Tie event, which was held at the Army & Navy club in Westminster, featured guest speakers Stewart McPherson, an award-winning author of natural history books and presenter of numerous wildlife documentaries, and James Cleverly MP, an officer in the Reserve Forces with over 20 years of service. In addition to this, the guests were also treated to words from Andrew Rosindell MP, who is an advisor to FOTBOT.

Dr Reid, UKIP’s newly appointed Environment spokesperson who joined FOTBOT at the UKIP National Conference in September this year, says she is “honoured” to have been awarded life membership.

FOTBOT does a tremendous job of raising awareness of the incredibly diverse plant and animal species belonging to the British Overseas Territories, who include Gibraltar among their number. Unfortunately, many of these species have become increasingly under threat as each year goes by, with some species on the brink of extinction.”

“Although The British Overseas Territories only make up a fraction of the UK’s overall landmass, the British Antarctic Territory, they’re still an incredibly important part of the UK, as unbeknownst to many in the general public, the British Overseas Territories account for the vast majority of the UK’s biodiversity. It should, therefore, be in our best interest to spend more of our conservational budget on the British Overseas Territories, which only receives a small fraction of it at present”.

FOTBOT is a charitable organisation which aims to support, increase awareness, and promote the Overseas Territories in the UK and across the world.

FOTBOT’s charitable objectives are:

(1) To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection, and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the British Overseas Territories and the history and geography of the British Overseas Territories.

(2) To advance the education of young people aged between 18 and 25 by providing educational visits to the British Overseas Territories.

(3) To further such other purposes as are exclusively charitable in accordance with the law of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time decide.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of FOTBOT please visit their website at



Dr Julia Reid MEP (left) holding her certificate of life membership to FOTBOT



Dr Julia Reid MEP pictured with Philip Smith, Chief Executive & Founder of FOTBOT