Hunt Is On For St Agnes Mice

St Agnes

St Agnes residents have been putting what look like bars of chocolate outside their homes this month.

It’s part of a plan to check out whether there are any mice left on the island and the bars of chocolate-flavoured wax blocks were laid to spot tell-tale mouse teeth marks.

It was all part of follow-up research work organised by the RSPB’s Cornwall-based conservation officer Paul St Pierre in aid of Scilly’s Seabird Recovery programme.

The plan in two years time, if European funding allows, is to try and remove the rat population on Agnes in order to bolster numbers of storm petrels, manx shearwaters and puffins nesting on nearby Annet.

Last year a survey on Agnes found evidence of plenty of rats and several shrews but no sign of any mice. Almost all islanders claimed not to have seen any for years.

Analysis of the teeth marks is now taking place on the mainland.