BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN

Scottish Field - - COUNTRY NEWS -

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.

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