By Press Association

Project to eradicate non-native brown rats that feed on eggs and chicks on St Agnes and Gugg is declared a success

A project to protect breeding seabirds from invasive rats on the Scilly Isles has been a success with the two islands declared “rat-free”.

Bird populations on St Agnes and Gugh, linked by a sand bar, are starting to recover after a quarter century of year-on-year declines following work to eradicate the non-native brown rats which were feeding on eggs and chicks, conservationists said.

Via: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/13/bird-population-on-scilly-isles-recovers-after-islands-are-declared-rat-free