Mouse eradication project set to move to final phase

SA Agulhas II sails for Gough

Images from the RSPB

RSPB's Sophie Thomas announced that the SA Agulhas II departed from Cape Town at about 21.00 GMT on Saturday 29th May 2021. This voyage will complete the gathering of the large team assembled at Gough Island to carry out the Gough Restoration Project aimed at eliminating invasive house mice from the island. The rodents have been an increasing risk to millions of breeding seabirds. Aboard SA Agulhas II are helicopters, poisoned bait specially prepared in New Zealand and a team of specialists hoping this major exercise will be a boost for the wildlife of Tristan da Cunha's World Heritage Site of Gough and Inaccessible Islands.

Team members boarding SA Agulhas II on 29th May

The team assembled on the ship's helideck

A helicopter being lowered into position

Evening view of Table Mountain from the ship

Departing Table Bay