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    Details of this species in Rdum tal-Madonna
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Present/controlled
    Source: BirdLife Malta, undated
    Arrival Date:
    Management Notes for this Location:
    Eradication of rats (Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus) is one of a series of actions being undertaken by the EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater Project. The overall aim of the project is to increase breeding pairs from 1500 to 2000 pairs nationally, and from 500 pairs to 700 pairs at Rdum tal-Madonna Special Protected area (75.3 hectares) (BirdLife Malta, undated).

    Work on rat control began in December 2006 until March 2007. The aim of the project was to remove rats from the main part of the site and then, using a network of regularly inspected permanent bait stations, detect and destroy any rats moving into the area. Please follow this link Varnham and Meier, 2007 for more details on methods used, results, recommendations and future of the project (Varnham and Meier, 2007).

    Location Notes:
    Rdum Tal-Madonna is identified as an Important Bird Areas (IBA) by BirdLife International.
    Last Modified: 25/07/2007 11:48:50 a.m.

ISSG Landcare Research NBII IUCN University of Auckland