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#1 redrobbie

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 09:27 AM

So £6 million granted to get rid of Orkneys Stoats . Would a similar project be feasible to rid Shetland of its feral polecats which must do a lot of damage to wildlife of all sorts . https://www.orcadian...j1b5WHlGskTfT6s

 



#2 paulb

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 10:03 AM

why bother. then you would have more of a rabbit issue. 



#3 George.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 10:18 AM

When stoats have been around Shetland since the 1700's, why worry about them now.

 

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#4 redrobbie

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 12:06 PM

Its not stoats i was on about it was feral ferrets/polecats . Interestingly polecats are known to kill stoats and their young .   The project in Orkney has received £6 million in grants which will fund 22 full time jobs in rural parts of those islands . 


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#5 Claadehol

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 09:18 PM

For the sake of the ground nesting birds in Shetland, removing the feral ferrets altogether would
be a great thing. The council put a price on their heads at one time and the numbers were certainly
being reduced as a result. However, in their wisdom the council decided after a year or two to call
a halt to the programme. That was a mistake, as the numbers soon recovered.
The hedgehog is also an alien species as far as the northern isles are concerned and they should
also be removed. They also do great damage to ground nesting birds by eating the eggs and the
nestlings. This is a problem for many birds, skylarks, meadow pipits, ringed plovers, lapwings, etc.
Hedgehogs were removed from part of the western isles not long ago for exactly that reason. They have
been introduced by misguided people, another big mistake.
Considering the quantity of predatory birds, crows, ravens, several species of gull, and the
skuas, the last thing ground nesting birds need are introduced predatory mammals. Hedgehog
numbers have plummeted on the mainland where they belong, they need help too. So when going
south for a holiday take one with you, it would help both causes.

#6 Frances144

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 10:42 PM

We've trapped 7 polecats in under a month this Autumn.



#7 suuusssiiieee

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

Quite a few indoors at Lerwick Toon Hall. that need sorted out too.


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#8 Ghostrider

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 11:05 PM

^ They're trying to 'flush' them out every time it rains, apparently.



#9 George.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 12:38 AM

Don't forget it often rains, apparently.


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#10 paulb

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:23 AM

as all land mammals are introduced species it would be a sad shetland if they were all removed. are we to remove humans as we kill loads with our cars ect.  hedgehogs are in decline nationally lets protect ours. now rats are becoming more common and pose a bigger problem. 



#11 Colin

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 02:17 PM

as all land mammals are introduced species it would be a sad shetland if they were all removed. are we to remove humans as we kill loads with our cars ect.  hedgehogs are in decline nationally lets protect ours. now rats are becoming more common and pose a bigger problem. 

Remove humans ? Why not.  Just let nature run the place.. 

Except that both hedgehogs and rats devastate hatches of ground nesting birds.  Where are you going to draw the line ?



#12 George.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 02:29 PM

Is an otter a land mammal?



#13 paulb

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 04:18 PM

it was introduced. 



#14 George.

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:10 PM

Round about when? The nineteenth century, the one before? Did the Vikings bring them in or was it as far back as mesolithic man?



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Posted 14 November 2018 - 08:29 PM

Round about when? The nineteenth century, the one before? Did the Vikings bring them in or was it as far back as mesolithic man?

 

https://www.shetland...ure/sea-mammals


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