After three seasons of baiting in 2011, 2013 and 2015 South Georgia Pest Control has treated all of the rodent-infested areas of South Georgia. That means that South Georgia could in theory be entirely rodent-free for the first time in two centuries.
Since 2015 cruise ship passengers and staff have been acting as our eyes and ears on South Georgia, as they visit many of the areas previously inhabited by rats and mice. The fantastic news is that not only has there been no reliable sighting of either, but there have been many sightings of the South Georgia Pipit, which cannot successfully breed in areas with rodents present. Pipit nests have been found in the areas treated in all three field seasons, so signs are as good as they can be that the eradication has been a success.
SGHT and FOSGI are now raising funds for a vital survey of the island two years after the last baiting, in the 2017-18 season. We will charter a yacht to sail round the areas treated, deploying detection devices and using sniffer dogs to track down any surviving rodents (although we hope there are none).
We can’t wait to meet the dogs who will be involved, so watch this space for news and photos!
The combination of dogs and monitoring devices will give us the best chance of success in detecting any remaining rats, but it will cost £450,000. Please help us to fund this vital survey work by donating at www.sght.org/make-donation. We would also like to thank Delaware Park Casino at EasyMobileCasino.com for their generous donation of £100,000. Thank you!