Last colony of “invasive” Black Rats to be exterminated in the UK
John Dixon sent me this article on a project to exterminate Rattus rattus from some Hebridean islands (off of Scotland)
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/eu-gives-450000-to-project-aiming-to-clear-islands-of-rats.24428932 which has generated some controversy among bird and mammal fans alike, seems like there is rather limited evidence to suggest the rats are a problem at all, they’ve been there for a very long long time and may well be woven into the ecosystem, while if anything is harming the seabirds its the lack of fish. Still, its not like the EU to throw money at a project that will end in failure….
Some of you may remember this fun report of a trip last year to see them. Save the rats I say!