An update on our Mink Control Project

March 2020, SISI Admin

Our Mink Control Project aims to significantly reduce the population of the invasive non-native American Mink across our project area. Mink are opportunistic hunters and voracious predators, and have a devastating effect on our native wildlife, particularly on ground nesting birds and water voles.

American Mink – (c) Liam Skinner

We have established a network of monitoring rafts and traps across the 43 river catchments and coastal areas in our project area. Nearly all of these rafts and traps are looked after by volunteers, whose support is essential in the success of this project.

Below are a series of distribution maps we have produced to enable our volunteers and project partners to see our progress so far in setting up the mink monitoring network and our results in capturing mink, across 2018 and 2019.

1 – Distribution of rafts & traps operating in 2018 and 2019.
There are a total of 321 rafts & 245 traps (some are combined units) across the project area, looked after by 335 volunteers.

2 – Regional maps. These show the distribution of rafts & traps across the different regions at a larger scale (same data as above)

Use the arrows to scroll through the set of regional maps.

3 – Capture locations. This maps shows all the capture locations across the whole project area.
N.B. Some locations have multiple captures.

4 – Capture locations by density. This set of maps show the capture locations by density; single capture at site, 2-5 mink caught at same site and more than 5 mink caught at same site.

You can read more about our Mink Control Project and the American Mink on our website.

If you’d like to find out more about adopting a mink monitoring raft or trap please don’t hesitate to contact us, email; sisi@nature.scot

Mink monitoring raft

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