THE EUROPEAN Commission's LIFE-Nature programme is meet half the costs of a pounds 1.65 million scheme to eradicate the American mink from the Western isles of Scotland where it is beginning to decimate important bird populations. Remaining cash will come from Scottish National Heritage and others.

Escaping from mink farms in the late 1950s, mink became quickly established on the islands of Harris and Lewis and have now spread to North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist where an estimated 200-300 breeding females are already ...

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