Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project

The largest successful community led island restoration projects at the time, the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project sought to eradicate invasive non-native brown rats from the islands of St Agnes and Gugh. Having joined the project as a volunteer in 2014, and subsequently living on the islands for the next three and a half years, I captured a number of images relating to the projects ongoing work to monitor the islands to see how they recover.

Leading up to the winter of 2013, the RSPB, Wildlife Management International Ltd., The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, and Natural England had put much time and effort into helping the community of St Agnes and Gugh get "eradication ready". A large and vital part of what made this island eradication so successful was the consultation with the community in the years prior. Providing opportunities for them to ask questions, raise concerns, and generally discuss the aims of the project. Before the eradication took place, 100% of the community supported the project. 

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