Central Science Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture food and Fisheries, Sand Hutton, York YO4 1LZ, U.K.
Ship rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands, Hebrides, Scotland
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2006
Journal of Zoology
Volume 245, Issue 2, pages 228–233, June 1998
How to Cite
Key, G., Fielding, A. H., Goulding, M. J., Holm, R. S. and Stevens-Wood, B. (1998), Ship rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands, Hebrides, Scotland. Journal of Zoology, 245: 228–233. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1998.tb00095.x
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2006
The ship rat Rattus rattus was once widespread throughout the U.K. It is now an endangered species with an estimated 1000 or fewer individuals present in the U.K. and the species is listed in the red data book for British mammals (Morris, 1993). However, it is listed under schedule 9 of the U.K. Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) as a non-native species that should not be released into the wild.