RSPB event showcases Gough Island mice eradication plan

2020 Gough Project in the Spotlight

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

The plan to eradicate invasive mice from Gough Island was highlighted for a powerful audience on October 29th.

The occasion was a private view of the annual exhibition by the Society of Wildlife Artists. Held at London’s Mall Galleries, the evening was organised by the RSPB and guests included the Prime Minister’s environment adviser Lord John Randall.

New RSPB Chief Executive Beccy Speight addresses the audience

Tristan’s UK Representative Chris Carnegy met the new RSPB Chief Executive during the reception and discussed her team’s plan for the Gough project, now in preparation for 2020. Beccy Speight then addressed the audience, describing the global significance of the eradication plan, which aims to rescue albatross chicks and other seabirds from predation by the non-native mice.

The RSPB has committed to deliver the plan but is still fundraising for it, and so welcomed the chance to tell the story of Gough Island to key influencers.


Photo right shows a closer view of Beccy Speight at the podium.