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Island life

When you think of rat control it is hard not to envisage a man rocking up in a van, filling a bait box and then disappearing until next month. While this may be all that is needed in some cases, it isn’t in every instance.

“I love returning to islands I have worked on and seeing the changes to the native species and habitats”

Some years ago I read about a team who eradicated the last rat from an island in Scotland. At the time, I hadn’t visited Scotland (how times change), but when the Isle of Canna rabbit project was awarded to us, I realised that this was the rat-free island I had heard about previously. The work had been carried out by a company from New Zealand called Wildlife

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