Vince Lea: Eradication of Mink from East Anglia
May 28 @ 19:00 - 20:00
Waterlife Recovery East is an ambitious partnership project aiming to eradicate American Mink from East Anglia. This will demonstrate the feasibility of a GB-wide eradication for the near future. We are working extensively across the whole of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, with much additional activity in the rest of East Anglia and a bit beyond. Using a combination of smart traps on tried and tested mink rafts, backed up by a network of volunteer support, we have shown that it is possible to control mink at a large geographical scale with minimal cost and effort. We have seen the rapid return of native wildlife, particularly Water Voles, at our earlier pioneer sites. Any riparian landowners are encouraged to contact us to host a mink raft, while any volunteers who could be in the network of first responders would be equally welcome to join our project. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07944 347488 if you would like to join the network.
Dr Vince Lea got interested in nature as a boy, going fishing with his Dad on the rivers of Warwickshire, where the hours between fish were occupied watching wildlife especially water voles going about their business. He kept the interest going as a hobby during his first career working on crop plant genetics, mostly bird and butterfly watching but all aspects of nature have fascinated him all his life. For over a decade now he has been working as a wildlife surveyor and conservationist, mainly with the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT). This lead him to find out about mink control as a means of conserving water voles, something which has worked spectacularly well on the Bourn Brook where the CRT is based, and he is excited to now be working with many others to bring about the eventual demise of the introduced mink in East Anglia, and beyond!
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