18 April, 2006
Bird Project set for launch
A major initiative aimed at saving threatened bird species in Fiji and other Pacific Islands would be launched next year. The project will be funded from sources in England. Profits from this year's British Birdfair would be used to launch the regional project aimed at saving a threatened parrot species in the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia and New Caledonia. The main focus will be taking action against invasive alien species, particularly eradicating rats on islands where they are known to be responsible for a serious decline in parrot species.