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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 we are urgently seeking to close the remaining £2 million funding gap. This money will be used to purchase equipment, pay to transport our teams and equipment to what is an incredibly remote island, and for the people who are prepared to tough it out over winter on Gough in order to carry out this important project.

If you would like to help us raise the final funds to secure the future of Gough Island please donate via the RSPB, or visit our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Alternatively please get in touch to discuss funding and partnership opportunities:


Email: GoughIsland@rspb.org.uk

For our US supporters, contact us 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 seabird species found only within the Tristan da Cunha island group, and two endemic land birds. Gough has been described as the greatest seabird island in the South Atlantic, and as one of the most important seabird breeding grounds in the world. But many birds which nest here are under threat, including the only two Critically Endangered British birds: the Tristan albatross and Gough bunting. With your support we can restore the fortunes 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. All but 3 pairs of Tristan albatross breed on Gough Island, yet only 21% survived to fledge on Gough in 2018.

Gough bunting – Critically Endangered

This charming songbird is known only from Gough Island. Historic population declines are likely due to mouse predation and the species is now confined to sub-optimal habitat on Gough where there are fewer mice.

Atlantic petrel – Endangered

This cryptic bird is almost completely reliant on Gough Island to breed, with over 99% of the entire global population found here. 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. This would leave a global population of around 50% which would place the species in critical danger of extinction.

MacGillivray’s prion - Endangered

The MacGillivray’s prion was only discovered on Gough in 2013, having previously been assumed to be the broad-billed prion which also breeds on the island. We believe the species may also be found in relatively small numbers on two islands in the Indian Ocean, but the vast majority breed on Gough. Its numbers are decreasing because of mouse predation. In recent years, breeding success for MacGillivray's prion's in our monitoring areas has regularly been 0%.

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 following breeding season on a mouse-free island; the positive impact will be immediate and will continue into the future.