The British Overseas Territories are fourteen territories of the United Kingdom which, although they do not form part of the United Kingdom itself, fall under its jurisdiction. They are remnants of the British Empire that have not acquired independence. The name "British Overseas Territory" was introduced by the British Overseas Territories Act 2002, and replaced the name British Dependent Territory, which was introduced by the British Nationality Act 1981. Before 1981, the territories were known as colonies or Crown colonies.
ARKive: unique wildlife in the British Overseas Territories
ARKive, an initiative of the UK charity Wildscreen, aims to create an audio-visual library of all animal and plant species on earth. This year, with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it is focusing on species found in the British Overseas Territories, many of which are endangered. Pictured is the beautiful queen triggerfish (balistes vetula) which lives in the coral reefs of Bermuda.