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December 2021

Who Let The Dogs Out?!: A nose for island biosecurity

Biosecurity for LIFE guest blog by Greg Morgan (RSPB Cymru) with a foreword by Laura Bambini (Project Executive, Biosecurity for LIFE)

Conservation detection dogs (CDDs) are used on islands the world over in invasive species eradications and to help with island biosecurity. Here in the UK, we have only recently started...

Biosecurity for Life Officer RSPB, Scotland

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November 2021

Community led biosecurity – St Agnes and Gugh

Biosecurity for LIFE recently held a biosecurity event on St Agnes to thank the community for their continued hard work in ensuring St Agnes and Gugh remain rodent-free following the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project. Brown rats were removed from the islands back in 2013 in the world’s first rat removal project of this size that was community led. In 2014, for the first time in living memory the burrow nesting Manx shearwater started successfully breeding on the islands again followed in 2015 by the return of breeding European storm petrel with numbers of both increasing ever since. It was fantastic to see the positive results of recent surveys carried out by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust who delivered a talk on the day.

Tessa Coledale Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, Wales and Northern Ireland

October 2021

Sharing our experiences - biosecurity workshop Rochefort, France

What could be more exciting than working in island biosecurity in the UK? Well, what certainly comes close is sharing our experiences and learning with our European colleagues and finding out about their work to implement biosecurity on ever more islands!

September 2021

Seabirds, Surveillance, and Sheep on Auskerry

On an unseasonably warm day for September I and the Biosecurity Officer for the Orkney Native Wildlife Project (ONWP), made our way over to Auskerry from Kirkwall. After a smooth sailing (apart from a very choppy patch in the middle!) we made it to the small island in just over an hour.

Biosecurity for Life Officer RSPB, Scotland

August 2021

A first surveillance check for the Flannan Isles

On Sunday 18th July, I returned from five nights on North Rona with the MarPAMM Seabirds Count team. The team was ready for a restful day – but you can’t waste a weather window when it comes to petrel surveying, so instead we prepared for an early start, and by 6am Monday morning we were on our way back to the Flannan Isles!

Sarah Lawrence Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, Scotland

August 2021

Return to North Rona

In mid-July, almost a month after Tom had set up biosecurity surveillance for the first time on North Rona, I returned to the Western Isles to re-join the MarPAMM Seabirds Count team as they prepared to complete Leach’s petrel and European storm-petrel surveys on North Rona and the Flannan Isles.

Sarah Lawrence Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, Scotland

July 2021

What do Shetland’s seabirds and Caribbean iguanas have in common? Sharing experiences of saving species through biosecurity

In this blog we welcome Sarah Havery, Senior Species Recovery Officer who recently spent two weeks assisting Holly in Shetland as part of her sabbatical and thinking how projects either side of the Atlantic can work together to promote good biosecurity

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