Dickie Hall ran the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project – the world’s largest rodent eradication programme. In 2018, the South Georgia Heritage Trust declared the Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia rodent free for the first time in over 200 years. A globally important nesting site for seabirds, South Georgia’s bird species were being pushed towards extinction by the rodent invaders. SGHT, a tiny charity from Scotland, spent seven years undertaking rodent eradication. Thanks to this mammoth undertaking, the island is now returning to its natural state. Dickie Hall, Project Director, will speak about the eradication and the challenges encountered.
Dickie has spent many years working in Antarctica. He spent several years at Rothera Research Station, including being Base Commander for British Antarctic Survey. He was Field Assistant for Phase Two of the SGHT’s Habitat Restoration and was promoted to Project Director to run Phase 4, the final return to South Georgia to carry out intensive monitoring which demonstrated that the island was indeed free of rodents. Dickie believes that the restoration of island habitats is a crucial step towards turning back the tide of man’s negative influences on our fragile ecosystems.
Thursday 28th February 2019 6.30 – Field Studies Centre Selborne
The Oates Antarctic Lecture series is sponsored by UKAHT – United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust