The discovery of a banded sooty shearwater in the Seychelles, led to talks between the Seychelles Department for the Environment and Dr. Don Merton advisor to NZ DoC.
During these discussions, the plight of the endemic Seychelles Magpie Robin came up. Rats were the most likely the cause of the demise of this species. No successful breeding had occurred for several years and, with just 36 birds remaining, extinction was imminent.
A team of Kiwi’s with bait and equipment traveled to Mahe in June 2000 and carried out two bait applications on privately owned Denis Island, three applications on privately owned Fregate Island and two applications on the Marine Reserve Island of Curieuse.
Using a Bell Jetranger helicopter supplied by Helicopter Seychelles, with Peter Garden Heli Ltd supplying bait spreading and aircraft guidance equipment and piloted by Peter Garden.
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