Rat removed from Lamb Island owned by ‘psychic’ Uri Geller
A single rat has been removed from a Scottish island owned by “psychic” Uri Geller which has now been declared free from invasive predators.
Volunteers spent two years finding the “elusive rat” on Lamb Island off the East Lothian coast near North Berwick.
The rodents can be a threat to breeding seabird populations by targeting their eggs and young.
“I was astounded when I saw the infrared image of the rat,” Geller told BBC Scotland.
“My island is not that tiny so to locate one rat is a big achievement. I’m very pleased.”
Lamb Island is home to seabirds such as puffins, kittiwakes, cormorants and guillemots.
Volunteers from the Lothian Sea Kayak Club and the Lothian Seabird Centre made 35 trips out to the island, which is difficult to access using larger boats.
The team used motion-triggered cameras and concluded there was likely only one rat present.
Sarah Lawrence, of the Biosecurity for LIFE project, praised the work of the volunteers.
She said: “The volunteers have spent two winters navigating harsh weather, Covid restrictions, and the frustrations of seeking a very elusive rat – and thanks to their hard work we are confident that the Lamb’s puffins and other seabirds will return to nest on a rat-free island this year.”
Emily Burton, conservation officer at the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “It is a huge relief to know that the Lamb is free of invasive predators.”
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