Hedgehog clearance gathering pace in Hebrides29/04/2009 14:47:51 Isles' hedgehog clean-up gathers pace
April 2009. Work to clear the Uists of non-native hedgehogs will continue up to mid-May following a successful recruitment drive. It saw Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) receive almost 100 applicants for spring fieldworkers' posts, a response described by the organisation as ‘absolutely fantastic'.
86 hedgehogs removed
Introduced onto the islands in 1970s
Major site for ground nesting waders
Under the scheme run by the Uist Wader Project (UWP), hedgehogs are live trapped before being transferred to Uist Hedgehog Rescue (UHR). Animals are then transferred to the mainland.
David Maclennan, SNH Western Isles Area manager, said: "The hard work over the past few years is beginning to pay off and although we are putting twice the effort into trapping the hedgehogs this is showing encouraging results in the number being located and caught. This size of team allows us to cover large areas quickly, clearing the islands of hedgehogs and thereby helping our native ground nesting wader birds to breed without disturbance.
"The results from this spring are very encouraging and we will compare these with the predictions from the population model and from there plan the next phase of searching in the autumn and beyond. We would describe the response from applicants as absolutely fantastic and we are very grateful to all the local people who applied."
Transferred to Ayrshire
Wader eggs predated by hedgehogs