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Rodent Eradication Project Update

 Aerial baiting likely to happen this Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 8th-10th June 2019

The weather forecast this weekend and into the start of next week looks suitable for aerial baiting. We will place signs on the walking tracks to let walkers know that the tracks are closed and how long the closure will be for. We will send teams along each track to remove pellets from the track before they are reopened. Tracks will be reopened as soon as possible to minimise inconvenience to walkers. Field Officers will also be present at the head of some tracks whilst the helicopters are flying to convey this information. 

Assistant Project Manager, Jaclyn Pearson will be near the gate to the Special Event Zone for anyone who wants to learn more about the project and the safety measures we have in place. Please note that access through the Bureau of Meteorology gate is closed. Dr Jamie Doube, who explained the process of aerial baiting at the airport on Wednesday is also happy for anyone to get in touch with him about his medical knowledge with eradication projects around the world. You can contact him at the Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital on 6563 2000. We would like to remind you all of the Human Health Report that was part of the approval process was a very robust and clarifies how the project is deemed safe with the mechanisms we have in place.

Regarding cattle covers over bait stations, if at any time you see a cattle cover knocked over please call us at the office and we will respond. There will be a staff member working in the office to answer your call seven days a week 8 – 4pm, please call 6563 2066 ext 39.

Peter Adams

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Date: 06/06/2019

Lord Howe Island Board

PO Box 5 Lord Howe Island NSW 2898

Phone: 02 6563 2066  Extension 15 Fax: 02 6563 2127 Email: administration@lhib.nsw.gov.au

 

Conservation and LHI Conservation Volunteers

Lord Howe Island located 600km off the New South Wales coast is renowned for its spectacular scenery, important breeding grounds for colonies of seabirds, and its rich biodiversity including many endangered and critically endangered species not found nowhere else in the world.

Undisputedly one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world, World Heritage Lord Howe Island is made up of 75% protected park preserve, encompassed in a marine park, and is as fascinating as it is beautiful. With a legacy of world-class conservation projects under its belt, the latest project has been 10 years in the making and is the largest undertaking of its kind anywhere in the world.

LHI Conservation Volunteers (CVLHI) believe in protecting Lord Howe Island’s unique biodiversity while showcasing world-class conservation in action. We are dedicated to empowering like-minded people to make a difference through robust citizen science, inspiring educational experiences, and tangible local conservation action.

The CVLHI program is jointly delivered by the Lord Howe Island Board, Lord Howe Island Museum and LHI Marine Park (Department Primary Industries), in partnership with local businesses.

Our globally recognised conservation projects have experts from all over the world working side by side with our conservation volunteers, monitoring, collecting and exploring this unique natural environment. Experience nature like nowhere else and be part of sustaining this amazing environment and experience firsthand the species that our conservation projects are safeguarding.

Join our LHI Conservation Volunteers Program 2019 and be involved in a world-class, award-winning, holistic conservation effort – protecting paradise.

LHI Conservation Volunteer program is available from May – September 2019 on Lord Howe Island

For more details on specific activities click here

Each month will focus on a different theme. Within each month we will be running one feature week related to the theme for those interested in a more hands on volunteering program.

Find out about winter on Lord Howe Island  – Winter on LHI

To book a trip to Lord Howe Island – Book Now 

 

  Theme Start Date End Date
May Bird Month 1-May 31-May
Feature Week Lord Howe Island Bird Week 19-May 26-May
June Marine Month 1-Jun 30-Jun
Feature Week Critters of the Sea Week 3-Jun 9-Jun
July Plant Month 1-Jul 31-Jul
Feature Week Go Remote Week 21-Jul 28-Jul
August Invertebrate Month 1-Aug 31-Aug
Feature Week Beetle Week 11-Aug 19-Aug
September Protecting Paradise Month 1-Sep 30-Sep
Feature Week Endemic Week 1-Sep 8-Sep
       

Lord Howe Island is considered to be an outstanding example of an island ecosystem developed from submarine volcanic activity. The island’s isolation and its varied landscape of mountains, valleys, hills, lowlands and sea-cliffs have resulted in a diverse array of habitat types supporting many distinctive flora and fauna groups. Vegetation ranges from exposed coastal grasses and heath to lush mossy rainforest, shrouded in mist.

Lord Howe Island is home to a variety of unique and endemic species:

  • The island has recorded 241 species of indigenous plants of which 113 (47%) are found nowhere else in the world. Lord Howe hosts four species of palms, the most famous of which is the Kentia Palm.
  • 207 different bird species have been recorded on Lord Howe, 32 of which breed on the island, including the endangered Woodhen.
  • Lord Howe is also reputed to have more seabird species breeding in higher numbers than anywhere else in Australia.
  • More than 1,600 terrestrial insect species have been recorded, of which approximately 60% are found nowhere else in the world.
  • One of the most spectacular insects is the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, a large stick insect – thought to be extinct, but rediscovered in recent years on Balls Pyramid.
  • Lord Howe’s underwater world is equally rich and diverse, with new species being regularly discovered. The island’s waters play host to over 500 species of fish and 90 different coral species.

A rodent eradication program (REP) will take place on Lord Howe Island from the end of May this year. Many visitors are unaware Lord Howe has any rats, as they are rarely seen in the settled areas of the island. Rats do however cause a problem in the island’s forested areas, particularly to the thousands of endemic and migratory sea birds which nest on Lord Howe, as well as to the flora and fauna the birds depend on. Rats were accidentally introduced to Lord Howe when supply ship SS Makambo ran aground on its outer reefs in 1918. 

The REP involves a concentrated baiting campaign to rid the island of rats in one hit during winter 2019 and will ultimately serve to preserve Lord Howe’s World Heritage status. To ensure all rats are reached, the program includes both the laying of ground baits and two helicopter aerial pellet drops, designed to reach Lord Howe’s more remote, densely forested locations. 

While several other islands have successfully eradicated rats in similar initiatives in the past, the REP on Lord Howe is considered a world-first project given the island is populated. The REP has been coordinated by the Lord Howe Island Board in cooperation with the conservation team at Taronga Zoo and has met all regulatory approvals. 

For more information : http://lhirodenteradicationproject.org/