Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

BirdLife South Africa’s sister organisation, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), have launched a fundraising website to help them reach their final funding target for the Gough Island Restoration Project.

Gough Island, in the middle of the South Atlantic, needs our urgent help. Every year over one million seabird chicks are killed, pushing some species towards extinction. The chicks are killed by an invasive non-native species of house mouse that was introduced to Gough by humans

The RSPB and Tristan da Cunha Government have developed an ambitious programme of conservation action. In 2019 rodenticide bait will be spread across Gough Island, eradicating the mice and restoring Gough to its natural state. This action will prevent the deaths of defenseless chicks year after year, halting decline and allowing populations to bounce back.

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The Gough project will precede the Marion Island Restoration Project that BirdLife South Africa is collaborating on with the Department of Environmental Affairs. It is our sincerest hope that both these projects will be successful, and receive the funding required to undertake such a mammoth endeavour.