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Henderson Island - Paradise Saved?

Indoor Event, 7.00-8.30pm (doors open at 6.20pm)

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, Henderson Island (UK Overseas Territory) is one of the most remote islands on the planet. Uninhabited, and with almost no human influence, this paradise and World Heritage Site is home to over 55 endemic species, including four land-birds: Henderson fruit-dove, Henderson lorikeet, Henderson crake and Henderson reed-warbler. This unique biodiversity is under threat due to introduced Pacific rats. Seabird numbers have dropped from an estimated 5 million pairs before rats arrived to just 40,000 pairs today.

The RSPB has been carrying out the largest tropical island rat eradication programme ever attempted in order to save some of these species from extinction. Mike Harris, from the RSPB, will talk about the fantastic wildlife of the island and the restoration methods being employed to save it.

Venue: Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge NE2 4PT