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Frigatebird chick is island’s first for a century

A frigatebird chick is being raised on Ascension Island for the first time in more than a century – and here it is, basking its downy feathers in the sun in this picture by Kenickie Simon Andrews. Its arrival in … Continue reading

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Rats caught attacking island chicks

A large number of rats have been found around the sooty tern colony on Ascension Island – with evidence of having fed on chicks. Now one has been captured on video, probing round a nest at night while a tern … Continue reading

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Learn to fight pests and diseases, farmers are told

Farmers don’t know enough about how to combat livestock diseases and plant pests on St Helena, according to the draft agriculture policy for the island. But it also says they are not given advice quickly enough by the government – … Continue reading

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Armageddon for island’s rats: but not on St Helena

Twenty five men and women are spending months camping out on ice-covered South Georgia on what’s been called “the world’s biggest rat cull”. It is being led by zoologist Anthony Martin, dubbed the Pied Piper, who hopes to poison millions of … Continue reading

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Decline that led to wirebird breeding failures

When the experts from Shelco went to look round the site of their proposed eco-resort on St Helena, they were greeted by one of the locals. A rat. It was evidence – not really needed – that it’s not only … Continue reading

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‘I survived rat fever. It’s serious’ – Henry’s story

Reports of increasing numbers of rats have caused concern at public meetings on St Helena. They’re a threat to the island’s critically endangered wirebird, but they also pose a serious risk to humans. By the time Henry Thorpe realised he … Continue reading

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Rat claims discounted as pest control staff are laid off

Claims that rats are on the increase across the island have been discounted by St Helena Government (SHG) – just as the number of pest controllers is being halved. Five of the 11 staff who lay bait are to lose … Continue reading

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Climate change puts UK territories in danger, warns minister

Climate change is jeopardising the future of some of Britain’s overseas territories and could leave islands ‘completely cut off,’ a UK government report has warned. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman says in the report: ‘The environmental challenges which our overseas territories face are… threatening the … Continue reading

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