Restoring Eden: The eradication of rodents from Lord Howe Island

Kangaroo Valley resident and esteemed OEH ecologist, Nicholas Carlile, will discuss the rodent eradication project on Lord Howe Island and the benefits to biodiversity of this work.
  • What Biodiversity
  • When 08 Mar, 2018 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM (Australia/Sydney / UTC1100)
  • Where Nowra Showground Committee Room
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Rodents, where they occur, are implicated in the extinction of or as the current threat to, much flora and fauna of oceanic islands.  Lord Howe Island, 500 km east of Port Macquarie, is a mountainous 1400 ha with 800 m peaks and has been under siege from rodents for over 100 years.  The Island boasts over 100 endemic flora species and, at one time, the invertebrate fauna alone included over 70 species of endemic land snails, more than a dozen terrestrial bird species and currently 14 species of seabirds. The World Heritage status the Island enjoys is well deserved. Research has shown many of the extant species would benefit from the removal of rodents.  While the Island terrain presents some challenges for an eradication, the human population here supports a major tourism destination and their habitation provides a significant issue in planning.  The talk will cover the background research, biodiversity benefits and logistical planning that has gone into staging the most significant conservation restoration program ever initiated in Australia.