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BirdLife South Africa initiative : Marion Island


BirdLife South Africa has boosted its Mouse-Free Marion project as it joins the Island-Ocean Connection Challenge, which aims to restore, rewild and protect islands, oceans and communities.

Being surrounded and hence protected by the sea, islands are wondrous for wildlife as biodiversity thrives in these isolated landmasses. So, when humans affect them – often inadvertently – by introducing invasive species such as rats and mice to these self-contained habitats, the effects can be hugely damaging. Such activity on Marion Island led BirdLife South Africa to join with the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to establish the Mouse-Free Marion Project

Marion Island is one of the foremost breeding grounds for threatened or endangered seabird species. However, this globally important biodiversity is under significant threat.

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BirdLife South Africa initiative : Marion Island