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Hedgehogs were introduced to North Uist and Benbecula in the 1970s to control garden slugs but the animals turned instead to feasting on the eggs of rare birds such as dunlin, lapwing and ringed plover.

Scottish Natural Heritage have been culling the animals but the British Hedgehog Preservation Society claims it is much cheaper to capture and relocate -GBP50 per animal- compared with equivalent culling cost of GBP950 per animal.

The 2007 cull is scheduled for April and May.

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The West Coast island of Barra is known for two features:

  • The unique aircraft landing strip on its beaches.
  • Cockles, which are collected by hand and exported to many parts of the world.

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A proposal to construct Europe’s largest wind farm on the Outer Hebrides island of Lewis has been scaled back from 234 to 181 turbines. In addition the development will entail an extensive road network, pylons (towers) , miles of cabling, sub-stations and quarries. This reduction has been made to mollify green campaigners and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The original proposal received about 4000 objections, including governmental agencies.

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