Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP produces guidelines for the eradication of introduced mammals

The guidelines paper, produced by Dr Richard Phillips, Convenor of the ACAP Breeding Sites Working Group, is now available on this web site in the Education/Resources Section [click here for the PDF].


There are introduced mammals present on many islands on which ACAP species currently breed. Introduced mammals threaten the breeding success of seabirds and are therefore potential candidates for eradication programmes. In addition, there is clearly value in removing introduced vertebrates from islands that were formerly occupied, or could be colonised, by ACAP species. The purpose of the paper is to provide guidelines to assist with the development of plans for the eradication of introduced vertebrates from breeding sites of ACAP species. These relate mainly to islands, but many of the same principles will apply to mainland sites. This should not be considered a substitute for obtaining appropriate and detailed advice from eradication experts. 

Posted by John  Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 25 November 2008