Help restore Gough
Help restore Gough
The Gough Island Restoration is a globally important partnership programme – partner and funder support is vital! Thanks to generous donations from individuals and funders we have raised over £5 million.
However, there is a funding gap and support is still urgently needed! To equip this major operation for success in 2020 we are urgently seeking a further £2 million. This money will be used to purchase final pieces of equipment, including bait and specialist aviculture facilities, and to secure highly experienced staff and helicopter contracts.
Alternatively please get in touch to discuss funding and partnership opportunities:
For our US supporters, please get in touch on the email address above for details on how to donate in a tax efficient way!
Species under threat
Gough Island is home to four endemic seabird species, and two endemic land birds. Gough has been described as the greatest seabird island in the South Atlantic, and as the most important seabird breeding ground in the world. But many birds which nest here are now under threat, including the two remaining Critically Endangered British birds: the Tristan albatross and Gough bunting. With your support we can secure the future of these unique species.
Tristan albatross – Critically Endangered
These magnificent seabirds, easily identifiable as they glide across the ocean, breed on Gough Island and mate for life. Sadly, there are less than 5,000 mature individuals left – a number that is decreasing by at least 3% every year because of mice attacks.
Gough bunting – Critically Endangered
The largest population of this charming songbird is found on Gough Island, with a few hundred individuals also breeding at St. Paul Island in the Indian Ocean. On Gough, they too are at risk of extinction due to mice. The mice eat the buntings eggs, forcing them to breed in less suitable areas of the island. There are now only 400-500 pairs remaining on Gough Island.
Atlantic petrel – Endangered
Although the Atlantic petrel was once found on other islands in the South Atlantic, such as Tristan mainland, populations here are now extinct, leaving the petrel completely reliant on Gough Island to breed. Atlantic petrels are particularly hard-hit by mice predation – with as few as 12% of eggs surviving to fledge each year.
With no action, the Atlantic petrel will be lost from Gough Island, forever.
MacGillivray’s prion - Endangered
The MacGillivray’s prion was only discovered on Gough in 2013, but already it is Endangered. Very little is known about the species, but we do know that it is only found on Gough Island and that its numbers are decreasing because of mouse predation.
With no action the MacGillivray’s prion will be extinct just years after its discovery.
Mouse predation is directly impacting a number of species, each year pushing them closer to extinction. We need to act now. On completion of the eradication operation these birds can enter the 2020/2021 breeding season on a mouse-free island; the positive impact will be immediate and then continue into the future.