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The Hebridean Mink Project (HMP) has been hard at work for the last twelve years to eradicate mink from the islands of Lewis, Harris and other neighbouring islands. The mink were originally introduced in an attempt at commercial fur farming then were released once this scheme failed. The mink had spread to other islands, but it is now believed that North and South Uist and Benbecula are completely mink-free.

The £6.4 million Hebridean Mink Project scheme may require a little while longer to guarantee the islands are completely free of mink, though it has already caught over 2200 animals and it is believed that only a handful (perhaps twenty) still remain. The HMP was set up to ensure protection of wader bird populations – wader birds being prey for mink.

Currently, scented trails are being laid throughout the islands to ensure those few remaining don’t meet up and breed.

Since the HMP’s eradication of mink, many wading birds have now shown signs of population recovery.

Where to stay in the Hebrides

We are able to offer some wonderful accommodation on Lewis, Harris, North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula. Why not stay with us to view some of the re-establishing colonies of wader birds?

Accommodation on Isle of Lewis

  • Cromore
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £436
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This charming lochside cottage sits 3 miles from the village of Cromore on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, and sleeps 5 people with 1 bedroom.
     
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  • Isle Of Lewis
    Sleeps 5
    Prices from
    £309
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 5
     
    This cottage sleeps five people in three bedrooms.
     
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  • Isle Of Lewis
    Sleeps 5
    Prices from
    £300
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4/5
     
    Beautiful cottage retreat on the Isle of Lewis overlooking Valtos beach surrounded by stunning scenery with 3 bedrooms, private parking and woodburner. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4/5.
     
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