– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 27th February 2008.

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Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Question S3W-9478

To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to protect St Kilda from any rats that may be aboard the grounded trawler, Spinningdale.

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

The St Kilda World Heritage Site is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). The Management Plan for the St Kilda WHS (World Heritage Site) includes a contingency plan for this type of emergency and NTS sent staff to the island to initiate a programme to find and eliminate any rats which may have escaped from the Spinningdale. They remained on the islands for three days but detected no trace of rats. I understand that remains the position as the MoD staff resident on St Kilda are maintaining a watch for evidence of rats. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) continues to monitor the situation closely.

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