South Georgia declared rodent-free!

World’s largest rodent eradication project a success:

photographed whilst working on the South Georgia Heritage Trust’s Rat Eradication Project in South Gerogia , Antarctica on February 07 2018. Photo: Oliver Prince

• The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is officially declared free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island over 200 years ago

• Scottish-based charity the South Georgia Heritage Trust and its USA counterpart the Friends of South Georgia Island raised £10Million to finance the Habitat Restoration Project to eradicate invasive rodents

• Covering 108,723 hectares (1087 km2), the Habitat Restoration Project is more than eight times larger than any other rodent eradication area ever tackled anywhere in the world

• Three rodent detection dogs covered a total of 2420km, with their two female dog handlers walking 1608km, searching for signs of rats and mice as part of a comprehensive monitoring survey

Read full press release here

One of the members of Team Rat has published a super series of photographs of his time with the Habitat Restoration team which culminated in the recent announcement that South Georgia is rat free. Find the photos at the link below…

Rat hunt!

News Coverage

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News Articles:

TV:

BBC Breakfast: South Georgia declared rodent free

STV News Dundee: feature

Radio:

Habitat Restoration Project Director Dickie Hall interviews

Habitat Restoration Steering committee chair Mike Richardson interviews

BBC Radio Scotland feature