What are Mink?
American mink are an invasive non-native species which escaped from fur farms in the 1950’s and have now spread across most of Britain. These voracious predators have had a big impact on our native wildlife, especially in the north where they predate on vulnerable breeding populations of protected bird species such as divers, tern, waders and scoter. Mink are also largely responsible for the decline in water voles (the much beloved “ratty” from wind in the willows). They also attack domestic poultry and fish, such as salmon and trout which are commercially important.
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The Aims of this Project
The best way to effectively control mink is through co-ordinated, large-scale trapping. The Lochaber Mink Control project will train and equip volunteers across Lochaber to create a network of trappers that will carry out region-wide control and contribute to the wider mink control effort in the north of Scotland. Effective mink control will benefit Lochaber’s biodiversity and improve the sustainability of economically important game species.
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About this Website
This project will provide advice and equipment for best-practice mink control. By collecting records of mink activity we can deliver more effective control over mink numbers in Lochaber.
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