Two of Isles of Scilly declared ‘rat free’
13 February 2016
From the section Cornwall
Seabird Recovery Project
A Manx Shearwater chick emerges from its burrow on St Agnes
Two of the Isles of Scilly have been declared “rat free” after a scheme to protect sea birds saw more than 3,000 rodents culled.
The islands, located off the coast of Cornwall, began the scheme two years ago to protect eggs and baby birds from being eaten by brown rats.
Numbers of manx shearwaters and storm petrels had declined by 25% on St Agnes and Gugh in 25 years.
But colonies are recovering …read more
Source:: BBC world news feed