Welcome to the website of the Scottish Mink Initiative, an exciting new initiative working across north Scotland.
Scottish Mink Initiative was launched in May 2011 and is a community based initiative which aims to protect native wildlife by removing breeding American mink from north Scotland and the Highlands.
American mink will attempt to take a wide variety of species including ground nesting birds (sea birds, waders, domestic fowl and sometimes larger birds such as gannets and swans!) water vole, fish, rabbits and even guinea pigs when they get the chance. Please see Impacts for further details.
The Scottish Mink Initiative aims to remove breeding American mink from north Scotland and covers an area of 20,000 km2 from northern Tayside across Aberdeenshire, Moray, and the Cairngorms National Park to the north and east Highlands. Our southerly boundary runs from Lunan Bay to Forfar to Coupar Angus to Dunkeld to Aberfeldy and out to Loch Rannoch.
The Initiative is part of the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland’s Biosecurity and Invasive Non Native Species Programme, implementing a large scale strategic approach to American mink control, as recommended by Scottish Natural Heritage through the Species Action Framework.
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