We have been supplying our aviary mesh to the RSPB to help protect the seabirds of Gough Island.

Gough Island is a volcanic island located in the South Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,500 miles off the shore of Cape Town, South Africa. The island acts as a nesting ground to seabirds such as various types of Albatrosses, Petrels and Moorhens.

Mice have been accidentally introduced to the island and have been feeding on all species of the seabird chicks, devastating the number of eggs and chicks being raised. Several species of seabird are now facing extinction as a direct result.

Moorhen on Gough Island
Albatross on Gough Island

With our aviary mesh, the RSPB are doing all that they can to protect the seabirds and their chicks from extinction. ClearMesh is extremely robust against rodents. The RSPB have made some fantastic aviaries for the Moorhens to safeguard their population until the eradication of the invasive mice, after which the Moorhens will be released.

Considering the islands rough terrain, the RSPB have had to fly in their equipment via helicopter, our aviary mesh is very lightweight making it ideal for navigating harsh terrains.

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Moorhen Aviary mesh on Gough Island
Gough Island with aviaries for moorhens

This project has been completed previously on the South Georgia Island by the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT). You can see further information on this project here: http://www.sght.org. This project was a massive success and the island is now completely rodent free, giving great hope for the future of Gough Island.

RSPB are urgently asking for donations to continue this great work helping the endangered seabirds. If you would like to donate, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and uses of our ClearMesh, or you would like to see how our ClearMesh can help your conservation project, then please feel free to contact us.