Status: Alien Invasiveness: Invasive Occurrence: Eradicated Source: Island Conservation and Ecology Group, 2004
Arrival Date: Introduction:
Species Notes for this Location:
Management Notes for this Location: Rattus norvegicus was eradicated from Lundy Island in 2005, in a programme undertaken by the National Trust, RSPB, English Nature and Wildlife Management International Ltd (led by Biz Bell). The eradication was achieved using difenacoum (51ppm) bait stations on a 50 x 51m grid, over a two year period (K. Varnham, pers. comm.). For more information please see Lundy Seabird Recovery Project.
Location Notes: Lundy Island (500 ha) lies 10 miles off the north Devon coast. It is surrounded by internationally important marine habitats and is an important seabird island, supporting breeding guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls, puffins and Manx shearwaters (Appleton et al., 2002). The vegetation of Lundy Island (430 ha) is primarily grassy.
Impacts: Reduction in native biodiversity: Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus threatened breeding seabirds on Lundy Island, such as the manx shearwater and puffins (Appleton et al., 2002).