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Outer Hebrides Mink Project Needs Your Help

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Outer Hebrides Mink Project Needs Your Help

Post by MisterT » 22 Nov 2012, 15:28

I’m sure that many of you will be aware the Hebridean Mink Project has been operating through out the Outer Hebrides over the last ten years or so. The principle aim of this project is to eradicate American Mink, and in doing so, protect the islands internationally important, indigenous and migratory breeding birds, such as the Corncrake, Arctic Tern, Dunlin, Redshank and Red Throated Divers, to name but a few. As well as protecting the avian species, the project has also benefitted the indigenous fish species such as Salmon, Arctic Char and the more prolific Brown and Sea Trout, which in turn helps support one of the densest Otter populations in Europe.

The project so far, has been regarded as a success, in that through an intensive and unprecedented trapping stratagem, American Mink have been reduced to extremely low levels throughout the Outer Hebrides. Over the last 12 months new methods have been designed and developed to locate and dispense with these few remaining animals. The project is now reaching the “end game” and that’s why we are putting out the call for interested volunteers to help us achieve our ultimate objective of complete eradication of this extremely invasive, non native predator.

These new strategies include the use of various tracking techniques to detect the presence or absence of the Mink and it is with this aspect of the project that volunteers can be of great help. The input and time involved is up to the individual, from as little as an hour a week, up to, well whatever you want!

Full training and support will be offered from the projects team. If you are interested in securing a long term legacy for the indigenous wildlife of the Outer Hebrides please get in touch with the projects staff or your local SNH office.

Many thanks in anticipation
Bob Chaffer (project foreman)

Telephone: 01851 705258; 01859 511135; 07919691743

More information can be found at:-
Hebridean Mink Project http://www.snh.gov.uk/land-and-sea/mana ... k-project/
Scottish Mink Initiative http://www.scottishmink.org.uk/

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