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A colourful round-up and quick goodbye for 2023

Friday 15/12/23

Blog from Anna Feeney, LIFE Raft Communications Manager 

2024 is nearly upon us and we’re feeling retrospective – but how to summarise a year? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’re going to let our new visual of the LIFE Raft project above do most of the talking.  

The many strands of LIFE Raft 

We hope this fantastic artwork means that islanders, our supporters, partners, and our team all see just how important your contributions are for the LIFE Raft project.  

Each sketch by the talented and dedicated Claire Stringer and Chris Murray from More Than Minutes represents months (or years!) of work by so many people. We love how they’ve represented the complexity and the ambition of LIFE Raft – there’s seabird monitoring and bringing in skips to remove hiding places for rats, there’s taking part in Rathlin’s festivals and preparing thousands of traps, there’s supporting local businesses and identifying biosecurity challenges. To me, it ultimately shows our shared determination to leave a positive legacy for Rathlin.  

Signing off for 2023 – but we’re not going anywhere! 

2024 will be another critical year. We are cautiously optimistic that the first phase of the eradication was successful and that most of the ferrets on island are now gone. The next challenge will be to do everything we can to catch the last remaining few before moving into rat eradication in the autumn. 

After December 15th we’ll all be taking a break till 2024, closing up the traps and giving everyone some well-deserved time off. We will still be checking in every so often though, so please keep reporting any sightings of ferrets, or their scat or tracks, through the form on our website. 

Happy festive season everyone, and see you again in 2024!

 

LIFE Raft is a partnership between RSPB NI; Rathlin Development and Community Association; Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council; National Parks and Wildlife Service; Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust; and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. 
This project is funded by EU LIFE [LIFE20 NAT/UK/000349]; National Lottery Heritage Fund; and DAERA.