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Uist Wader Research

The project was established in 2000 in response to concern about declines in the internationally important wader populations which nest on the islands of North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist. These ground nesting birds nest in high densities on the islands and have declined over the past 25 years. Research in the 1980s and 1990s showed that this was largely due to predation of their eggs by hedgehogs.

In 2011, the project started a new phase: a four-year research programme into the islands' breeding wader populations. The project monitored the outcome of over 1000 nests, gathering information on the factors affecting breeding success. Alongside the research, efforts continued to prevent hedgehogs re-colonising areas already cleared - animals found on North Uist and Benbecula continue to be translocated to mainland Scotland.

On 19th February 2015, the project presented a paper to the SNH board  PDF document . The paper details the results of the project's research phase and outlines options for the management of hedgehogs in the Uists. The board supported the continuation of the project with the aim of full removal of hedgehogs from the Uists.

More information on the results of the project can be found on our results page .

Contact
For information relating to the Uist Wader Research, contact  Charles Thompson (Uist Wader Research - Operations Officer) on: 01870 620 238 or Email: charles.thompson@snh.gov.uk.

For hedgehog sightings or captures on North Uist and Benbecula, contact Pat Holtham (Uist Hedgehog Rescue) on: 01870 610 354 or Charles Thompson (SNH) on: 01870 620 238

Uist Wader Project - Dunlin.  İAndrew Stevenson/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Aims of the project

Find out why the waders of the Uists are under threat and what is being done to help them recover.

Ringed Plover feeding on the ploughed Machair, South Uist. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458541 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Uist waders

Information about the breeding waders on North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist in the Western Isles.

Redshank on fence post. İAndrew Stevenson/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Project news

News, press releases and board meetings.

Lapwing. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Project research

Brief information on current and historical research.

Oyster Catcher feeding on the Machair, South Uist.  İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Video footage and results

Video footage, facts and figures from research on Uist waders



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