Saturday, 7 April 2012

Rabbits 'threat' to the Storr on Skye


Wild rabbits are causing erosion and eating fragile upland plants in one of Scotland's most striking landscapes, according to a new report.
The Storr is the highest point on the Trotternish Ridge on Skye and features the Old Man of Storr rock formation.
Results of monitoring of the ridge by researchers suggest reducing rabbit numbers to help to protect the Special Area of Conservation.
Declines in sheep grazing on the ridge were also deemed to be beneficial.
The Trotternish Ridge is owned by the Scottish government.
Historically, it was taken over by the state in 1904 and made available to crofters who had been forced off the land during the Highland Clearances in the 19th Century.

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