Saving species from extinction:
The Gough Island Restoration Programme
BREAKING NEWS - RSPB Council gives the go ahead for 2021 restoration operation
25th November 2020
Following the postponement of the Gough Island Restoration operation this year due to Covid-19, RSPB council trustees met on Tuesday (24th November), and after careful consideration, have given the go-ahead for the mouse eradication operation to take place in the Southern winter of 2021. Read more
Gough Island, in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, needs our urgent help. Over two million seabird chicks are lost from the island every year, which is pushing some highly threatened species towards extinction. The chicks are killed by invasive non-native house mice, inadvertently introduced to Gough by people.
The RSPB and Tristan da Cunha have developed an ambitious programme of conservation action. We will embark on one of the world's most challenging island restoration projects to remove the mice and restore the fortunes of the island's birds. This action will prevent the deaths of defenceless chicks year after year, allowing populations to recover from unsustainable levels of decline.