Wheatears on Lundy: the impact of rat eradication

Published on 09 April 2019 in Main articles

By Tony Taylor

Abstract Data on the breeding population of Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe on Lundy, Devon, are presented, including recent surveys of the whole island and a Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) project. The results suggest a marked increase in breeding Wheatears since the successful rat eradication project on the island, in 2003/04. Potential reasons for these results are discussed.

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The west coast of Lundy between The Battery (left) and The Old Light (right), October 2009. A probable total of 16 pairs of Northern Wheatears bred on the Sidelands and cliffs of this section of coast in 2017. Tony Taylor