Lord Howe Island is renowned not only for its spectacular scenery but also as an important breeding ground for colonies of seabirds and marine life. The island’s rich biodiversity includes many endangered and critically endangered species not found anywhere else in the world. With over 75% protected as park reserve, Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment is maintained through world-class conservation efforts that began more than 100 years ago. It’s also been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1982.

From a conservation perspective, the island has delivered many successful programs over several decades including the eradication of feral pigs, cats and goats. A world-renowned Weed Eradication Program is currently midway through its 30-year implementation, targeting more than 60 invasive weed species and has recently declared the world’s first successful eradication of African Big-headed Ants.

Recovery programs have also brought endangered species back from the brink of extinction, including the Lord Howe Island Phasmid and Woodhen. The next step in the island’s conservation journey is the eradication of rats and mice, with the Rodent Eradication Project (REP) currently underway and set to conclude in September 2019. Rodents have had a significant impact on Lord Howe Island’s World Heritage values and more than 70 species of plants and animals since they came ashore following the grounding of SS. Makambo in 1918.