BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN
Seabirds and wading birds are flocking back to the Outer Hebrides following the removal of the American mink. A 17-year programme to eradicate the nonnative mink, which preys on ground nesting birds, is expected to boost wildlife tourism. Terns, waders, divers and ducks are some of the species returning to the islands. To date, 2,198 mink have been caught, with only two non-breeding females and associated males caught in Lewis and Harris in the last 18 months.