Saving species from extinction:
The Gough Island Restoration Programme
BREAKING NEWS (18th March 2020)
Given the coronavirus pandemic and increasing global travel restrictions, it has become impossible to complete the Gough Island restoration operation this season.
The loss of another season's chicks to mouse predation is devastating to us all. We remain committed in our mission to restore Gough as a seabird paradise, and our intention is to return in 2021.
We are working hard to update these web pages in light of this news. In the meantime, more information can be found here.
We thank you for your patience, support and understanding.
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.