How can you be involved?
Visit Lord Howe
The best way to experience the true beauty of Lord Howe Island is to see it for yourself; be involved in a world class conservation effort and make a difference in the continued protection of this World Heritage treasure.
Eco – Tourist Participation
Come visit Lord Howe during the Project (14 May – 15th September) and the below table of activities will be on offer. Learn all about the project, join walks and talks and meet the people who are making it happen (meet the biosecurity dogs and phasmids too!)
If when you are visiting Lord Howe Island during the Rodent Eradication Phase (14th May to 15th Sept 2018) and you feel you have any skills to offer in the below surveys, please get in touch for more information email@example.com
Soil and water sampling
Maintaining biosecurity and monitoring network
Land bird surveys and invertebrate surveys
When you donate to Protecting Paradise you are becoming a part of our team.
Your donations help us carry our globally recognised conservation projects that keep Lord Howe Island’s reputation as the last paradise intact for generations to come.
More information coming soon!
Activities available during the Eradication Phase (14th May to 15th Sept 2018)
The following activities will be offered Monday – Saturday. Please note these may alter as staff change their work plans according to weather and project logistics.
Activities may be cancelled due to weather.
Daily (Monday – Saturday)
|9am - 9:15am||Morning update on today’s activities||LHI Museum|
|9:15 - 9:30am||Meet the Biosecurity dogs||Local nearby beach|
|10am and 1pm||Conservation video screenings||LHI Museum|
|5pm||Activities for the next day written on community chalk board and updated on Facebook (@RodentEradicationLHI)|
One of these activities will be delivered each day (Monday – Saturday)
|1 hour||Meet with the Taronga Zoo keepers from the world class captive management facility||Gentle walking, wear sturdy boots and outdoor clothing|
|2 hour walk and workshop||Rodent monitoring and biosecurity workshop – how to detect sign of rats||Possible hill walking, wear sturdy boots and outdoor clothing|
|20 minutes||Meet the world’s rarest insect - the Lord Howe Phasmid||Gentle walking, wear sturdy boots and outdoor clothing|
|2 hour workshop||Citizen Science (terrestrial or marine)||Possible hill walking, wear sturdy boots and outdoor clothing|
|1 hour talk (with Q&A)||Evening Talk - Project update talk plus Guest Speaker talks about other global conservation projects||At Lord Howe Museum|
|1 hour talk (with Q&A)||Evening talk from island ecologist Ian Hutton – History of conservation on Lord Howe||Thanks to support from Lord Howe Museum www.lhimuseum.com|
|2 hour walk and workshop||Bird Species ID Workshop, then submit your census data to 'Birdlife Australia' LHI Bird Monitoring Project||Hill walking, wear sturdy boots and outdoor clothing, bring binoculars|
|2 hour walk and workshop||Visit the 'Battle of Transit Hill Site' to learn how we have won on weeds||Hill walking, wear sturdy boots and outdoor clothing|
Each day at the Lord Howe Museum there will be special interpretation displays and iPads to learn about the project.
Please contact the Visitors Centre for Island Activities www.lordhoweisland.info/things-to-do
Lord Howe Island is undisputedly one of the most unique places on earth.
Its outstanding universal value is recognised in a World Heritage listing for exceptional diversity of spectacular and scenic landscapes and for its rich biodiversity including being home to many threatened and endemic species found nowhere else in the world.
Lord Howe Island’s community is deeply connected to the environment and many of the successful conservation projects that have been carried out over the last century have been pioneered by the community, who take great pride in ensuring the Island is protected.
Lord Howe Island’s renowned pristine natural environment is maintained through world-class conservation efforts that began more than 100 years ago and continue today.
The island’s small community of 350 people has a long history of successful and ongoing sustainability and conservation programs to protect and enhance the World Heritage values, include the development of the tourist bed cap – allowing only 400 visitors to visit Lord Howe at one time – the community driven recycling and waste reduction programs and a world class waste management facility that diverts 86% of the islands waste from land fill.
From a conservation and rehabilitation perspective the island has delivered many successful programs including eradication of feral pigs, cats and goats and recovery of species that were on the brink of extinction such as the Lord Howe Island Woodhen and Lord Howe Island Phasmid – the world’s rarest insect. The island is also 10 years in to a 30 year weed eradication program targeting over 60 invasive weed species and is close to declaring a world first successful eradication of African Big-headed Ants.
The next positive step is the eradication of rats and mice, with the Rodent Eradication Project (REP) planned for winter 2018. Rodents are significantly impacting Lord Howe Island’s World Heritage values, including impacts to more than 70 species of plants and animals.