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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 12:56   #1
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Boat owners warned of seabird predators

Boat owners are being encouraged to check their vessels for animal stowaways trying to get to islands to prey on seabirds.

The National Trust, RSPB and National Trust for Scotland's new biosecurity campaign aims to protect puffins, Manx shearwater and European storm-petrel.

They fear colonies could be devastated if predators like rats, stoats and mink get to the birds' islands.

The campaign is part of a 700,000 biosecurity project.


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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 16:11   #2
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I fully support that boat and animal owners should check, 100% with that.

Anthropomorphising the animals and giving them credit to be able to plan, as in "animal stowaways trying to get to islands to prey on seabirds" I think is a step too far. Its like Farmer Tweedy in Chicken Run calling "Mrs Tweedy! The chickens are revolting!"

If the animals get to the Islands its bad, but do they really set out to get a boat there.
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I fully support that boat and animal owners should check, 100% with that.

Anthropomorphising the animals and giving them credit to be able to plan, as in "animal stowaways trying to get to islands to prey on seabirds" I think is a step too far. Its like Farmer Tweedy in Chicken Run calling "Mrs Tweedy! The chickens are revolting!"

If the animals get to the Islands its bad, but do they really set out to get a boat there.
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Mr Tweedy also stated "These chicken are organised!"
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Boat owners are being encouraged to check their vessels for animal stowaways trying to get to islands to prey on seabirds.

The National Trust, RSPB and National Trust for Scotland's new biosecurity campaign aims to protect puffins, Manx shearwater and European storm-petrel.

They fear colonies could be devastated if predators like rats, stoats and mink get to the birds' islands.

The campaign is part of a 700,000 biosecurity project.


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There's a rat in the ketch and what am I gonna do....

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