South Georgia Habitat Restoration
South Georgia Island, Antarctic
With our partners, Friends of South Georgia Island (FOGSI) and South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT), Planeterra was able to invest over $150,000 CAD into a four-year bait and clearing habitat preservation program. Rat bait was spread by helicopter over 12,800 hectares, clearing 1,000 square kilometres of land. Planeterra also invested in one year of monitoring for the region and since the baiting, the island has been cleared of invasive species.
Monitoring efforts following the eradication program showed the island to be cleared of invasive species since 2015. Our partners Friends of South Georgia Island and South Georgia Heritage Trust assure us there has been a significant increase in the number of South Georgia pipits, pintails and petrels on the island. The eradication of rodents from South Georgia is expected to result in the return of over 100 million breeding birds, allowing the island to reclaim its status as one of the most important seabird sanctuaries in the world.