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Why are we intervening now?
Since the suspicion at the turn of the century that mice might be predating Gough's seabirds, we have been researching the impact and feasibility of a mouse eradication. Gough was the first island to record such astonishing mouse behaviour - and even now it is highly unusual. With the feasibility assessed, the eradication is going ahead at the earliest possible date that ensures planning, contracting, funding and all necessary preparations are in place to give us the highest chance of success.
We see no sense in waiting any longer than is absolutely necessary given the threat to the island’s seabirds increases year on year.
What will happen if we don’t remove all the mice?
Mice are currently causing the loss of over two million seabird chicks every year. This is a highly unsustainable situation that is leaving some seabird species with breeding success rates as low as 0%.
It has been predicted that, without intervention, the Critically Endangered Tristan albatross which relies on the island's breeding sites will go extinct. Other highly threatened species will continue in unsustainable decline until they too are lost forever.