This article was originally published on the BBC.
“Native wildlife is “flocking back” to the Outer Hebrides following a 17-year project to eradicate the American mink. The mink is believed to have been introduced to Scotland as part of the fur farming industry in the 1950s.
The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) project, which covered an area of more than 3,000 square kilometres, has helped to restore the number of seabirds including ducks, terns, lapwings and red-throated divers. SNH chairman Mike Cantlay said: “We are delighted that all the hard work has been successful for the nature of the Hebrides.
“Mink – an invasive non-native species – prey on ground nesting birds and fish.”With major funding from the EU Life programme, at the project’s height a team of just 12 core Scottish Natural Heritage staff worked as teams of trappers to remove mink, and help bring back native birds to one of the remotest, wildest landscapes anywhere in Scotland.”…”
Read on at: BBC.