Public Lecture: Invasive Species in the UK Overseas Territories – Monday 10 July 2017

Join us on Monday 10 July 2017, 6.15pm – 7.30pm at the Dalhousie Building

Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DEFRA, UK Government, will be giving a talk entitled Invasive Species in the UK Overseas Territories.

 

Tony Martin, Professor of Animal Conservation at the University of Dundee and former Director of the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project, will then present a lecture entitled Reclaiming South Georgia. Tony will tell the story of how a small Dundee-based charity, the South Georgia Heritage Trust, is carrying out the world’s largest rodent eradication operation on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, a UK Overseas Territory. To date (with assistance from US non-profit Friends of South Georgia Island) the charity has raised £7.5m for this operation, which aims to save the endemic South Georgia pipit and allow millions of seabirds to reclaim their ancestral home after two centuries of domination by rats and mice. With baiting completed in 2015, all involved are now anxiously awaiting results from an upcoming comprehensive survey to discover whether the operation was a complete success. It’s looking good so far!

The event is open to all and free of charge.
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